Bass Pro Shops San Antonio Opening
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Bass Pro Shops San Antonio Opening!
AT NEW LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY ‘THE RIM’
San Antonio, Texas--Bass Pro Shops, the world’s leading supplier of outdoor products, will celebrate its 35th store’s Grand Opening beginning Thursday, October 19th and continuing through Sunday, October 22nd. The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 1604, is directly across from Six Flags Fiesta Texas and is the anchor for The Rim, a 700-acre mixed use development.
The 200,000 square foot 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.
About Bass Pro Shops:
A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 58 retail locations either open, under construction or announced across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 78 million visitors a year. Other store locations opening this year include Macon, GA, Ft. Myers, FL and Garland, TX. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com.
STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY CAST JOINS BASS PRO SHOPS FOR SPECIAL EVENING FOR CONSERVATION AND RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
Local Conservation Groups to Benefit from Bass Pro Shops Opening
San Antonio, Texas--An all-star cast that reads like a who’s who in the world of sports, entertainment and the great outdoors joins together to help Bass Pro Shops celebrate a spectacular Evening for Conservation, Wednesday, October 18th. On hand will be NASCAR® drivers Martin Truex, Jr. and Wally Dallenbach, former NFL Dallas Cowboy Daryl “Moose” Johnston, former San Antonio Spurs George “Ice Man” Gervin, America’s favorite fisherman and TV host 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, 2000 Bassmaster Classic Champion Woo Daves, RedHead Pro Hunting team member “First Lady of Hunting” Brenda Valentine and Miss San Antonio Katie Gratia.
The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in San Antonio is located at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 1604 directly across from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and is the anchor for The Rim, a 700-acre mixed use development. It will officially open its doors for a preview celebration during the fundraising event and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, October 18th from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
A portion of the night’s sales will be donated to the “More Fish” campaign of the National Fish Initiative while local conservation groups will sell food and drinks courtesy of Johnsonville® and Coca-Cola® and hold raffles with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting those organizations.
Local conservation groups on hand Wednesday evening include the US Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association, Safari Club International, Whitetails Unlimited, Texas Deer Association, Cibolo Nature Center, Texas Women’s Shooting Sports (this group will sell brats and hotdogs for $1 each), Trout Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, Texas Wildlife Association and many more.
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale, Stan Thomas, Chairman and CEO Thomas Enterprises, Inc., and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World San Antonio General Manager Roland Castillo are among those scheduled to attend. Legendary angler Jimmy Houston will serve as master of ceremonies. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tennessee Valley Authority bluegrass band.
Racing enthusiasts won’t want to miss seeing Martin Truex, Jr.’s #1 NASCAR Nextel Cup race car or the #20 Bass Pro Shops Sprint Car. Live animals will be on display courtesy of SeaWorld and the awesome King of Bucks Trailer featuring 25 world record whitetail mounts.
The Grand Opening Celebration begins Thursday, October 19th and will include special exhibits, more celebrity guests, store wide savings and fantastic giveaways. You can also visit with today’s experts on fishing, hunting, dog training and more. See huge displays from the industry’s top manufacturers and talk with factory reps for answers to your product questions.
The world’s leading supplier of outdoor products is much more than a hunting and fishing store. Part museum, part art gallery, part education conservation and entertainment center, the 200,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store in San Antonio will also offer equipment for hiking, backpacking, camping, 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 shop serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Widely recognized for their efforts in conservation and outdoor education, Bass Pro Shops has received more conservation awards than any other outdoors retailer. The store will also offer Outdoor Skills Workshops for adults, kids and families.
About Bass Pro Shops:Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 58 locations either built, announced or under construction across the United States and attracts some 78 million visitors a year. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com.
Believes Bass Pro Shops to be a ‘Perfect Fit’ for San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas—Roland Castillo, named recently as the store manager of the new Bass Pro Shops opening in Texas, calls the San Antonio store location the “jewel in the crown” in the Bass Pro Shops retail family. Located at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 1604, the store is situated directly across from Six Flags Fiesta Texas and is the anchor for The Rim, a 700-acre mixed use development. This is the third Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World to open in Texas. A 4th Texas Bass Pro Shops will open in Garland in November and a 5th Texas store will open in October of next year.
“At nearly 200,000 square feet, it will easily be one of the largest retail operations in the San Antonio area and one of the larger Bass Pro Shops stores opened to date,” said Castillo. “This store has been specially designed to reflect some of the unique features of the Hill Country and will include large natural aquariums, a waterfall, Hill Country rock formations and area wildlife,” he said.
Bass Pro Shops unique exterior and interior motifs have branded them as award-wining, visually appealing, high quality outdoor stores. Each store is uniquely designed to fit the particular area it is located using elements that incorporate the geography, ecosystems and native wildlife. The outdoor 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. Indeed, Bass Pro Shops stores feature over 3,500 antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals and historic photos paying tribute to the area’s great outdoor heritage.
Another Bass Pro Shops hallmark is their dedication to conservation which Castillo believes is a perfect fit for San Antonio. “I am excited to be in San Antonio to enjoy the new growth in the area but even with that growth San Antonio has been able to conserve it’s natural beauty—something I have always loved about Texas,” said Castillo. “Conservation is one of the areas Bass Pro Shops has always had a strong commitment to and I look forward to helping promote a working partnership with our local groups and outdoor organizations,” he continued.
Castillo brings with him a broad base of experience in management, having previously served as both regional and district managers for several national retail operations. The move to Bass Pro Shops brings him home to the San Antonio area where he attended both high school and college. Both of his sons are also attending Texas universities as well.
From fishing area lakes and rivers to surf and bay fishing at the coast, Castillo is an avid outdoorsman who is also likely to be seen teeing off at the local golf courses. With that in mind, Castillo is looking forward to another Bass Pro Shops tradition. “Our store will be very active in promoting programs that foster outdoor education, outdoor skills workshops and programs for youth and families,” he said. “Bass Pro Shops not only sells outdoor recreational products but is also committed to helping educate individuals on how to use them, inspiring people to love, enjoy and conserve the great outdoors for future generations,” he continued.
Castillo will head up a staff of approximately 250-300 associates that all share a strong passion and knowledge about the outdoors—people that are skilled in the areas they work. “Customers will be able to tap into that knowledge and commitment when they need information about a product and its use,” he said. “Our staff is here to help our customers enjoy the outdoors, develop new skills or improve ones they may already have. This is one of the things that sets Bass Pro Shops apart from so many other retailers,” Castillo said.
Those interested in applying for positions at Bass Pro Shops can go online at www.basspro.com and click on Career Opportunities for more information.
A Special Evening for Conservation is planned as a pre-opening event
Wednesday, October 18th followed by the official Grand Opening Thursday,
October 19th. More information will be available at a later date
regarding those activities.
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