Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Status Report: The Bass Pro Site

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Status Report: The Bass Pro Site

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Oklahoma City officials said Tuesday that even though construction on the Bricktown Bass Pro Outdoor World is running slightly behind schedule, they are confident the store will be complete by its target opening date of Nov. 20.

While no specific reasons were given as to the delays, Wayne Courville, an architect with the city's public works department, did say Bass Pro was ahead of schedule on installation of the store's fixtures.

Right now they are scheduled to bring in some of their merchandise the last week of October, added Courville.

While a majority of the store's exterior work is nearing completion, crews at Oklahoma City-based Timberlake Construction are now focusing their efforts on the building's interior.

I think construction is going really well, said Steve Slayten, project manager for Bass Pro Shops. Our contractors are doing a great job and the city has been very supportive of us.

City officials gave their first peek of the $17.2 million project to members of the media Tuesday afternoon. During the tour, Slayten noted that while the store will feature many staples of a typical Bass Pro location, there will also be amenities unique to the Bricktown store.

One feature, according to Slayten, is the store's aquarium, which will include an active waterfall and rock-climbing area. Bass Pro is using real rock around the aquarium instead of its typical synthetic rock used in other locations. The aquarium will also stand 10 feet tall, compared to the Bass Pro's standard aquarium height of six and half feet.

The real rock that we are using in the aquarium is new for us and it's going to make this store stand out, he said.

The Bricktown store will also feature one of the largest fly fishing departments in Bass Pro's portfolio of stores, as well as a new high-tech arcade featuring various outdoor and fishing games.

Compared to other Bass Pro locations, Slayten said the 104,775- square-foot Bricktown store is considered a medium-sized store and will employ between 200 to 300 people by the end of the year.

In addition to fishing equipment and accessories, the Bricktown location will also feature clothing, camping equipment, archery accessories, hunting equipment, golfing equipment and an outdoor area to accommodate boat sales and boat servicing. …

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