Plans moving forward for Bass Pro Shops fifth California destination retail store to be located in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — With construction completed on the new interchange at State Route 99 and Hosking Avenue, plans are moving forward for the Bakersfield Gateway – a Woodmont Company-planned 800,000 square foot mixed-use retail development located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Hosking Avenue and State Route 99. Anchor tenant, Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear, will proceed with plans to create a 100,000 square-foot destination retail experience for the development. Bakersfield will become home to the fifth Bass Pro Shops location in California expanding the outdoor brand’s presence in the state with existing locations in Manteca, San Jose, Rancho Cucamonga and Rocklin.
“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 noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/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.”
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. The company is widely known as a national conservation leader and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
Bass Pro Shops locations are unique, award-winning, outdoor stores known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. More than just a fishing and hunting store, Bass Pro Shops in Bakersfield will offer outdoor enthusiasts equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, and other related outdoor gear. A gift and nature center will feature a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Expansive boat showrooms offer TRACKER, NITRO, SUNTRACKER, TAHOE and MAKO boats built by White River Marine Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats.
Unique exterior and interior motifs have branded Bass Pro Shops as visually appealing, high quality outdoor retail destinations that customers love. In addition to providing a fun outdoor experience indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops location features a large aquarium and water features stocked with native fish species, more than 3,500 antiques and artifacts, hundreds of trophy fish and wildlife mounts and murals depicting local scenes.
The Bakersfield Gateway development will provide a wide variety of new shopping and employment opportunities to serve the explosive residential growth occurring in the southern section of Bakersfield. The development will feature lifestyle events and programming including a central gathering area for various family-oriented activities, upscale landscaping, fountains, and park benches.
“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 and others who come to shop their unique stores,” said Stephen Coslik, Chairman of The Woodmont Company.
Bass Pro Shops, known for hiring associates that have a passion for the outdoors, is expected to employ approximately 250-300 people, many of whom will come from the local region. Employment information, when available, will be posted in the career opportunities section of www.basspro.com.
Construction timing and an opening date will be announced in the following months.
About the Woodmont Company
Founded in 1980, The Woodmont Company is a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The Woodmont Company specializes in retail properties and has expertise in ground-up development, redevelopment, asset management, property management, investment sales, marketing and leasing of regional malls, outlet centers, power centers, community centers, lifestyle centers, neighborhood centers and specialty centers. The Woodmont Company has developed more than 15 million square feet of retail real estate throughout the United States with a value of more than $4 billion and currently owns, manages and/or leases more than 20 million square feet of shopping centers, including third party management and leasing for institutional clients, realty advisors and private investors. For more information, please visit www.woodmont.com.
About Bass Pro Shops:
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”