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Residents see Bass Pro Shops as a potential big draw

As plans continue to move forward to put a Bass Pro Shop in the Pyramid, many Memphis residents are excited by the possibilities.

It's rare to see Memphian Ron Wong without a rod and reel.

"Bass fishing is really my forte," he said. "However, I love to croppie fish, brim fish, catfish, and trout fish. If it swims I like to catch it."

And the thought of Bass Pro Shops, a giant super mall for outdoor lovers, moving into the Pyramid makes this avid fisherman's eyes light up.

"The Pyramid, with its proximity to the Wolfe River Harbor, is in its back door," Wong said. "So you could to a lot of on-sight training for any kind of water sport"

Wong says the slack water harbor is ideal to demonstrate boats and boat safety, and to give customers a hands-on demonstration on how to use a fishing poll.

"You can see this water is fairly clear," Wong said of the harbor. "You can tell them how a lure works in the water, for example."

And it's not just fishing and boating that would bring people to Bass Pro.

"When a superstore opens, if it indeed opens, you're going to see people just coming in.  It's going to be a big draw," Wong said.

In fact, the Bass Pro Shops Super Store has been known to attract famous customers, such as President Bush during a 2004 campaign stop in Springfield, Missouri.

Outdoor enthusiast and former outdoor talk show host Joe Larkins is convinced a Bass Pro will work well in the Pyramid.

"A Bass Pro Shop is a destination," Larkins said. "I have driven three and half hours to Nashville to the super store at Opry Mills. It's like walking through a catalog."

If Brass Pro comes to the Pyramid, Larkins said his wife will always know where to find him.

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