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Bass Pro opening slowed by rain, design changes

Thursday, January 6, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:19 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bad weather and design changes have postponed the opening of Columbia’s 82,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop for six weeks.

Originally slated to open in mid-February, the outdoor supply store on Vandiver Drive is now scheduled to open March 31.

According to Klint Traylor, construction supervisor, plans for the interior of the store have changed.

“We relocated the aquarium, switched the fishing and camping areas, just a bunch of interior work,” Traylor said.

Those changes, paired with the rain, have caused substantial delays in construction.

“If we hadn’t had rain all fall long, we would basically be done exterior wise,” he said. “But we were held up considerably because of the rain.”

Plans for the inside of the store include an approximately 8- by 35-foot aquarium and casting platform. But according to Traylor, the platform will be used for demonstrations only, not for fishing.

“I couldn’t tell you how many gallons it holds, but it’s huge,” he said. “It will actually be one wall of the restaurant, whenever the restaurant happens.”

Traylor said the owner is considering a restaurant for the store, but it isn’t definite.

“We’re in the process of pricing everything out, and then we’ll go from there,” he said.

Traylor hopes to know whether the restaurant will happen in the next two weeks but said the store will open March 31 regardless.


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