Bass Pro Shops to open fifth California store
By Christen Smith
Bass Pro Shops announced plans for a new store in Bakersfield, California. (Photo: Bass Pro Shops/Facebook)
Bass Pro Shops said last month its moving forward with plans to open a fifth location in California.
The 100,000-square-foot store will anchor a new shopping center planned for the intersection of Hosking Avenue and State Route 99 in Bakersfield, according to a Nov. 15 press release.
“We are very excited to be the lead anchor tenant for this innovative new development that is sure to have such a positive impact on Bakersfield, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States,” said CEO Johnny Morris. “Our store will be a tribute to the great sporting tradition and heritage of the region and a celebration of the sporting men and women of California.”
Stephen Coslik, chairman of the Woodmont Company — the real estate development firm behind the 800,ooo-square-foot shopping center known as the “Bakersfield Gateway” — praised the deal last month. Bass Pro Shops expects to hire about 300 workers from the local area to run the new store.
“We are confident this project will be a huge success due in part to the incredible draw of Bass Pro Shops who is widely known as a destination location for outdoor enthusiasts