Friday, March 30, 2007

Turn Up The Bass

Some great news for fans of the sweet art of fishing- Bass Pro is coming to Buffalo.

Buffalo - Major sporting goods retailer Bass Pro reportedly reached a deal Thursday to build a mega store in Buffalo, bringing the economically challenged city a long-awaited lynchpin to its waterfront development plans.

Citing an unnamed source, The Buffalo News reported on its Web site that a deal has been reached to build a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store, with construction of the 120,000 square foot store set to begin next year.

Now I'll be able to buy my lure-making supplies in person instead of ordering things over the internet!

One other thought crosses my mind- Utica would be a great place for a dedicated fishing store like Bass Pro. The hordes of summer vacationers heading to the north country through the city, many of them downstate fisherman looking to snag a few trout, are a huge potential market for a destination retailer specializing in fishing gear. If only we had some kind of waterfront facility with lots of undeveloped land near the thruway exit...