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Reported by Kontji Anthony

Bass Pro signs development agreement

Artist's rendering of a Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Artist's rendering of a Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.
City officials toured the Bass Pro Shops location in Springfield, Missouri Wednesday. City officials toured the Bass Pro Shops location in Springfield, Missouri Wednesday.

Bass Pro Shops signed a development agreement Thursday for a store project at the Pyramid, officials said.

The agreement must now be approved the Memphis City Council, the Shelby County Commission, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton.

Meanwhile, Thursday, the buzz swirled around the trip that six Memphis City and Shelby County officials took to Bass Pro's corporate headquarters in Missouri Wednesday.

Some questioned if Bass Pro executives snubbed local officials when they visited headquarters yesterday.

Developer Greg Ericson, whose group proposed their own re-use plan for the empty arena, questioned the retailer's level of effort after signing three previous letters of intent.

"I know how we operate and we had our partners fly in from Europe, from New York, from Miami, from Orlando to meet with local officials right here in Memphis, Tennessee.  They didn't have to travel to meet with out partners," Ericson said Thursday.

Local officials went to Bass Pro's corporate office to meet the president, but he didn't come out.

After a few minutes of waiting, Bass Pro representatives ushered them back onto their bus to Bass Pro's flagship retail store for a tour.

Apparently, there were two versions of the agenda. The first included the corporate visit, but the final agenda did not.

Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery was there. "I don't feel we were snubbed at all," he said.

Lowery added that what some people did not know is that housing administrators were meeting with Bass Pro while public officials took the tour.

"Other city officials were there.  While we were touring, they were working," Lowery said.

Those who have to vote on the fate of the Pyramid say they want to scour every inch of every firm offer on the table.

"I need to make sure that it is in the best interest of everybody in Memphis and Shelby County," Lowery said.

Ink or no ink, officials still want time to properly read the fine print.


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