MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Bass Pro plans to hire hundreds of people for its new mega-store at The Pyramid.
The store is also expected to pump new life into the Pinch District of Memphis.
The company announced Tuesday that the new official opening date would be May 1, 2015.
"I know that great things take a long time," said newly named store manager David Hagel.
"Obviously, with the restaurants and hotel, it's not just a hunting and fishing store at all," Hagel added.
WMC Action News 5 has gotten a look over the last few months at the progress inside The Pyramid. The new store will feature a cypress swamp, aquariums, an aviary, and the nation's tallest free-standing elevator. There will also be glass-floored observation decks near the top.
"It's all going to come together at one time, and there's still a lot to do," said Hagel. "But we've still got a little time."
WMC Action News 5 first reported Bass Pro's possible Pyramid plans a decade ago. Some of the business owners who reacted to the news back then have since closed their businesses. Those who remain, like Red Fish Gallery and Boutique, say it's about time.
"We're very excited," said employee Mary Cranford. "Of course, we've been excited for a long time, but now we have a reason to be excited," she added.
The 600 or so prospective employees Bass Pro plans to hire between now and opening day should be excited as well.
"I'm so proud of this city, the people, and obviously this company," said Hagel. "And when you combine the two, it's going to be huge."
Bass Pro plans to hold a job fair sometime in February.