Bass Pro eyes 2009 for new "Outdoor World" in Little Rock - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bass Pro eyes 2009 for new "Outdoor World" in Little Rock

Developers say site work is expected to begin soon for a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World that has long been planned for North Little Rock.

The location off Interstate 40 was first proposed for the attraction in 2003 but developers had to go through a years-long process to get a permit to build at the Dark Hollow wetlands.

The $150 million development is also to include a multi-screen movie theater plus other retailers and restaurants.

Officials say the Bass Pro could open in 2009.

For more than a year, Bass Pro Shops has been in talks with the City of Memphis to move into the empty Pyramid Arena.

Bass Pro first signed a letter of intent in February 2006, with an opening date expected in 2008.

Mayor Willie Herenton says the city is still in serious negotiations to bring Bass Pro to Memphis.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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