Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, will locate the company’s sixth Canadian store in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. The 145,000-square-foot store will be a key anchor for the Tsawwassen Mills – a 1.2-million-sqare-foot, value-oriented mall, located on the northwest corner of Highway 17 and 52nd Avenue – being developed by Ivanhoé Cambridge. The store will include the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill and is scheduled to open in 2016.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for Bass Pro Shops to place our sixth Canadian store in this beautiful part of southern British Columbia,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “This will be our fourth project with developer Ivanhoé Cambridge, and we are grateful to them for selecting Bass Pro Shops to be one of the premier anchor tenants in this new retail development. We have enjoyed tremendous success with our partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge and our existing stores at Vaughan Mills in Toronto and CrossIron Mills in Calgary. We look forward to working with them again on our new stores in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Metro Vancouver.”
This site is strategically located on Highway 17, the major thoroughfare to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal which transports 7.9 million people to Vancouver Island annually. Everyone traveling to Vancouver Island via the ferry will pass directly by this location. More than 2.3 million people live in the Metro Vancouver area, making Vancouver the third largest metro area in Canada and the most populated in western Canada. Tsawwassen Mills is located in southwest Metro Vancouver. The Tsawwassen Mills project will be the first enclosed regional shopping center built in Vancouver in 25 years.
“We are very pleased to bring Bass Pro Shops to Tsawwassen Mills as our marque anchor tenant,” said Ivanhoé Cambridge Executive Vice President of Development, Paul Gleeson. “It is with market unique tenants such as Bass Pro Shops that Tsawwassen Mills will be a truly world-class shopping destination like no other in Metro Vancouver.”
Bass Pro Shops’ award-winning outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. More than just a fishing and hunting store, Bass Pro Shops stores offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more. A gift and nature center also will serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Their expansive boat showroom will feature Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats built by Tracker Marine Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats.
The Tsawwassen Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will feature the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill. This nautical-themed center is located within the store and features a unique design geared for family fun and dining. There will be 12 lanes, offering customers the chance to feel like they are bowling under the ocean. Casual family dining will be available in the Grill where customers can dine on a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers. To see the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill:
Bass Pro Shops’ lodge-like exteriors and outdoor-themed interiors make them popular with customers. The outdoors feel is brought indoors through massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species as well as an extensive collection of museum quality fish and wildlife mounts. Historic photos and exhibits pay tribute to the region’s great outdoor heritage.
Bass Pro Shops will host more than 116 million people visiting their 83 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada this year. The average customer stays two and a half hours and drives an average distance of 50 plus miles. Bass Pro Shops was recently named by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands in America along with name brands such as Old Spice, M&M’s, iPad and Droid. Also, Bass Pro Shops has been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts, as well as being named by J.D. Powers & Associates as one of the top eight retailers in America for customer service excellence.
Image and video courtesy Bass Pro Shops