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Bass Pro Shops in Bristol, TN officially under construction.

By Tabatha Mills

“With over 2 million visitors a year it will be a great start to what will eventually be a huge asset to this region,” says Steve Johnson, developer of the Pinnacle Development. 

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, along with the help of a few friends, broke ground at the Pinnacle Development where the fishing and hunting store will be built. 

"It means a lot of jobs for the area and the economic impact for the entire region; it is going to have a great boost,” says Bristol,Tennessee Mayor Joel Staton.

Mayor Staton says the store will bring in millions of visitors to the area. 

"The Bass Pro Shop coming toBristolis really going to make the city of Bristol a destination for people to want to come and shop,” says Staton. 

Bass Pro officials say that certainly could be the case. 

"We hope to be a positive member of the community.  I think there is synergy.  You know businesses and events can compliment each other,” says Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops. 

Mayor Staton says hopefully that will happen with their soon to be rival competitor Cabela’s. 

"Well if Cabela's happens, I think it will compliment Bass Pro Shops because they don't carry exactly the same things.  So maybe they can feed off each other and bring more people to the area,” says Staton.  

Steve Johnson says major construction will begin in October.  He hopes to hold the grand opening in November of 2013.

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