Bass Pro Shops coming to Cary

Posted January 10, 2013
Updated January 11, 2013

— Enormous outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops plans to open a 105,000-square foot store in Cary within the next year, the company announced Thursday.

The store would be located on Harrison Avenue just off Interstate 40 and would be the second North Carolina location for the company. There is another store in Concord, just outside Charlotte.

Bass Pro Shops cater primarily to hunters and fishermen, and the Triangle is home to the nation's sixth largest community of anglers, the company noted.

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht cited the retailer's reputation for environmental stewardship, saying, "As one of North America's renowned outdoor retailers, they have a strong reputation for quality products and services that will serve Cary's active and fit community well. Their leadership in environmental stewardship will be a great fit with Cary's sustainability initiatives."

The Cary store will offer everything from hiking clothes and fishing boats to bird feeders and camping equipment. It is expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014.


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  • parichar77 Jan 17, 2013

    FYI... There is a local gun shop on Hwy 54 just passed Woody's heading toward Raleigh. They and called "National Guns and Gear".
    Someone commented that there were no places to buy guns in Cary and no mom and pop stores. Although a chain, there is also a D@ck's Sporting Goods at Crossroads.

  • tmcelwain24 Jan 16, 2013

    I'm actually surprised since the new Gander Mountain just opened up in the big shopping center at the corner of Chapel Hill Rd. & Cary Pkwy in Morrisville (where the new Target is). Do they really need both of those that close together? And unless it's going in the Carolina Pottery spot - that's going to RUIN the look of Harrison Rd if they cut out some of the pretty wooded areas along the that road...not to mention how it will screw up traffic for those that live in that area! Bass Pro Shops are HUGE buildings.

  • common tater Jan 15, 2013

    I'm with 4Strikes...I can't see them in that building. The 2 I've been to are large stand-alone buildings with miles of parking. As for me2you...this isn't Walmart or Best Buy. I think there's only 50-60 in the country, and this only the 2nd in NC. They are a mom/pop that expanded. I just hope it's a full Outdoor World, not some small satellite deal...that would be very disappointing. 105k sf is on the small side for them.

  • TarHeel4Real Jan 15, 2013

    The only bad thing about it beingin Cary is all the camo will have to be in shades of beige.

  • ellengraham5660 Jan 14, 2013

    ummmmmmm......thinking CP has been gone from there for quite some time now........

  • ellengraham5660 Jan 14, 2013

    don't understand why it is going go take THAT long to throw some fishing equipment and hunting equipment inside of a building.............

  • ICTrue Jan 14, 2013

    Are the opening this year or breaking ground this year? I wonder...I can't see them moving into that Carolina Pottery building. Their stores are usually pretty impressive. I don't think the CP building is big enough anyway..

  • me2you Jan 14, 2013

    Are there any locally owned Mom 'n Pops stores anymore? Every shopping center & mall all over the country pretty much has the same thing!

  • sggoodri Jan 14, 2013

    Nice! I have been disappointed in the archery selection at other local stores; I hope their selection will be as good as that in their other stores.

  • WhatWereOnceVicesAreNowHabits Jan 11, 2013

    No there is some good news!!