The grand opening of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Tacoma, Washington, the company’s first store in the Pacific Northwest, kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. The event features an all-star cast of celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and the great outdoors who will join together to help Bass Pro Shops celebrate a spectacular Evening for Conservation. The grand opening event will continue through Sunday, Oct. 26 with interactive vendor exhibits and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public.
Celebrities scheduled to appear and sign autographs Oct. 22, from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. include:
- Steven Hauschka, kicker for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Jeanette Lee, “The Black Widow,” America’s Billiards star.
- Cody Herman, host of “Day One Outdoors” television show.
- Steven Rinella, host of “Meat Eater” as seen on the Sportsman Channel.
- Duane Inglin, co-host of Northwest Wild Country radio.
- Timmy Horton, Bass Pro Shops/NITRO pro staff member (and until noon Oct. 23).
- Lance Thornton, RedHead pro hunting team member and U.S.A. Para Archery national team member (and until noon Oct. 23).
- Bob Foulkrod, RedHead pro hunting team member.
- Doug Koenig, competitive shooter, “World’s Best All Around Shooter.”
- Allyson Rowe, 2014 Miss Washington U.S.A.
Legendary angler and television host Jimmy Houston, of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” will serve as emcee for the event. Local band “Lead and Lace” will provide musical entertainment.
Exciting displays throughout the opening include the “King of Bucks” mobile exhibit featuring 25 world-record white-tailed deer mounts. In addition, the Bass Pro Shops No. 14 Sprint Cup Series car and RCR’s No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro will be on display. The Toyota “Let’s Go Places” exhibit will be available Oct. 25-26.
Located at 7905 Hosmer Street in Tacoma, the 142,000-square-foot store will officially open its doors for a preview celebration during the fundraising event and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For every dollar spent during the Evening for Conservation, 50 cents will be donated to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Outdoor Initiatives Program, and Wonders of Wildlife, the American National Fish and Wildlife Museum. Matching donation sponsors for the evening include Toyota Motor Sales and Johnny Morris Conservation Creel of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Local conservation groups and agencies on hand Wednesday evening will include Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quail Forever, Mule Deer Foundation, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Bass Pro Shops, named as one of the “Top 10 Hottest Brands in America” by Advertising Age magazine, will continue to celebrate its 69th store’s grand opening Thursday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 26. The store will open at 8 a.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. (normal opening hours) Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
The celebration includes special exhibits, storewide savings on a huge assortment of products, and fantastic giveaways. Experts on fishing, hunting, boating and more will be available to talk with customers. In addition, factory representatives from the industry’s top manufacturers will be on hand to answer new product questions.
- Thursday, Oct. 23 – First 200 customers 18 years of age or older will receive a Bass Pro Shops gift card ranging in value from $5 to $100 in a logo tin.
- Friday, Oct. 24 – First 200 customers will receive a Columbia® beanie.
- Saturday, Oct. 25 – First 200 customers will receive a Yakima Spin ‘n Glow lure keychain.
- Sunday, Oct. 26 – First 200 customers will receive a Bass Pro Shops Tervis Tumbler.
Visitors can also register to win a $50, $100, or $200 Bass Pro Shops gift card to be given away after the event.
The store offers the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children along with a selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center includes a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.
Known for providing a fun outdoor experience indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features more than 3,500 antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts, and many murals depicting local scenes.
Free Bass Pro Shops outdoor skills workshops will be offered throughout the year on a regular basis and will include topics such as outdoor cooking, nature photography, fly fishing, camping, archery and more. Bass Pro Shops is widely recognized for their efforts in conservation and outdoor education.
Bass Pro Shops will host more than 116 million people visiting their 89 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.
For more information about the Tacoma Bass Pro Shops visit http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=95&tab=3.
Katie Mitchell, Bass Pro Shops, Communications Manager (417-873-5618) firstname.lastname@example.org
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