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Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Bass Pro Shops president meets with elected officials

The president of Bass Pro Shops visited Memphis Thursday to re-affirm the company's interest in developing the vacant Pyramid Arena into a mega-store.

Memphis City Council Chairman Scott McCormick attended meetings with Bass Pro president Jim Hagle Thursday morning. 

"It was strictly to put a face with the name to get to know each other," McCormick said.

McCormick said the company is committed to working out a deal with the city and county to move into the Pyramid, but they must first wait on city and county leaders to accept the terms of their latest agreement. 

"Nothing specific was discussed, other than Mr. Hagle expressed a continued interest in wanting to develop the Pyramid for Bass Pro," McCormick said.

During his stop in Memphis, the company president wasn't interested in getting any face time with the Memphis media. McCormick said the private company doesn't want to get mixed up in Memphis politics.  And while no big decisions were made during Thursday's closed door meetings, McCormick left feeling more confident about Bass Pro's commitment to Memphis. 

"It gave me a comfort level to hear the president of the company tell me we as a company are interested in working out an agreement and developing the Pyramid," he said.

McCormick said the Memphis City Council hasn't ruled out a proposal submitted by the Ericson Group to put a theme park in the empty arena, but he said Bass Pro has the edge simply because they have stores already built, which makes it easier to picture what the Pyramid might look like if the retailer moved in.

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