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Bass Pro Shops Preparing for Grand Opening

Hook, line and sinker! Bass Pro Shops is getting ready to open their new store here in San Antonio. Our Maclovio Perez got a preview of the 200,000 square feet Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Click here to watch…

The new store is located at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 1604, directly across from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It’s the anchor for ‘The Rim,’ a 700-acre mixed-use development.

The new Bass Pro Shops include special exhibits, hunting gear, fishing tackle and much, much more. It’s one stop shopping for the outdoor enthusiast.

The mega outdoor store will also feature a 12,000 square foot Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant (pronounced ’eye-lah-mah-rah-dah’), live-fire archery range, expansive boat showroom and boat service center.

The store and restaurant are part of one of the most inviting lifestyle communities to be found in the country. Developed by Georgia based Thomas Enterprises, Inc., The Rim will also include urban plazas, courtyards and parks to serve the unique retail, office and residential needs of the community.

The Grand Opening celebration will be preceded by a special Evening for Conservation Wednesday, October 18th that is open to the public. Area conservation groups partnering with Bass Pro Shops will set up display booths to educate customers on their efforts and projects. Special celebrity guests include former San Antonio Spurs player George “Ice Man” Gervin, former Dallas Cowboy Daryl “Moose” Johnston, NASCAR drivers Martin Truex, Jr. and Wally Dallenbach, America’s favorite fisherman and TV host Jimmy Houston and Miss San Antonio Katie Gratia. Musical entertainment will be provided by local band favorite, “Tennessee Valley Authority”. A portion of the night’s sales proceeds will benefit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s “More Fish” campaign.

Grand Opening festivities include special exhibits, celebrity guests, store wide savings and fantastic giveaways. You can visit with today’s experts on fishing, hunting, dog training, boating and more. See huge displays from the industry’s top manufacturers and talk with factory representatives to get the latest information on new products.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday 9 AM-10 PM and Sunday 10 AM-7 PM. The first 500 customers Thursday, October 19th, through Sunday, October 22nd will receive a special gift like commemorative mugs, key chains, lures and #1 mini racers. Visitors may also register to win a Bass Pro Shops #1 Go-Cart, an Abu-Garcia Revo STX reel or a Citgo $150 gas card.

Thursday, October 19th, you can visit and get angling tips and techniques from some of the nation’s top pros like Jimmy Houston, 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champion and voted ‘Greatest Angler of all Time’ Rick Clunn, former Classic Champion David Fritts, 2000 Bass Angler of the Year Tim Horton, 12-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Stacey King, “Mr. Crappie” Wally Marshall, Chris Daves with 25 Top 50 Bassmaster Classic finishes and Jason Quinn with 8 Top 10 BASS tournament finishes. Former Bassmaster Classic champion Denny Brauer will be available Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd and fishing experts John Maniaci and Bill McElroy will be present Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd.

Special displays include the Bass Pro Shops Martin Truex, Jr.’s #1 NASCAR Nextel Cup car, the awesome King of Bucks Trailer featuring 25 world record whitetail deer mounts, the #20 Bass Pro Shops sprint car and the PSE Archery trailer--all on display through Sunday, October 22nd.

Kids will love the live animals from SeaWorld Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Visitors also will be able to try their hand at the Coca-Cola® Fishing Simulator Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd and tour the Toyota Outdoor Experience trailer Thursday, October 19th through Saturday, October 21st. Also, you can see the exciting new 2007 Toyota® Tundra Thursday, October 19th.

The store offers nearly 200,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, 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 fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.

Known for bringing the outdoors indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features over 3,500 area antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals depicting scenes reminiscent of the area making it a true destination experience.

The Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant is a first-class restaurant offering fresh fish, shellfish and other seafood, smoked meats and wild game, rotisserie broiled fowl, great steaks, sharable appetizers and daring desserts. Diners can enjoy recipes and a relaxing way of life normally found only in the Florida Keys.

Interested in learning a new outdoor skill or improving existing ones? Watch for the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Skills Workshops schedule. These are free classes that will be offered on a regular basis and will include topics like outdoor cooking, nature photography, fly fishing, camping, archery and more. Widely recognized for their efforts in conservation and outdoor education, Bass Pro Shops has received more conservation awards than any other outdoors retailer.

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