• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 30s

Bass Pro Shops grand opening draws thousands

By Kate McPherson 11:08 PM July 9, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Thousands of Alaskans lined up for hours on Wednesday night to be the first customers of Bass Pro Shops.

Traffic was still backed up as the doors of the Mountain View store opened and the crowed spilled in. A line quickly formed for the .22 caliber ammunition.

Johnny Morris founded Bass Pro Shops in Missouri in 1971 and made the trip to Anchorage to open his 69th store.

“It’s a very proud night, it’s almost overwhelming … it’s a great frontier for fishing and hunting,” Morris said.

Store manager Pat Nolde agreed.

“I’m really proud of our team that put it all together,” Nolde said. “This is the night we’ve all been waiting for.”

Economic expert Bill Popp says new competition is good for consumers but smaller business owners in Anchorage who sell similar products will have to find a niche to keep up with the new competition.

“It’s going to be challenging for smaller businesses,” said Popp, CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

“I think the local business owners who are experienced in the Alaskan market know the nuances of what their customers are looking for, providing that extra level of service,” Popp said.

Customer Andrew Sather says Anchorage needed another option for outdoor gear and equipment.

“Big ticket items, there’s not a whole lot, pretty much buy it online or bring it up from Lower 48,” Sather said.

Popp says the opening of Bass Pro Shops will drive more money into the Anchorage economy.

“I think what we are going to see is a significant reduction in the amount of mail-order business … where the dollars are leaving the state, going to the catalogue divisions of national chains.”

The company has also hired locally, with nearly 30 staff from Mountain View and many more from Anchorage.

Latest Stories

  • News

    For disabled veterans, fly fishing fuels healing

    by Eric Ruble on May 01, 18:43

    A program teaching fishing skills is helping military veterans overcome physical and mental obstacles associated with combat trauma. Like many of the people gathered in a room at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery Sunday morning, Todd Green used to know nothing about fly fishing. But before the end of the day, the Army […]

  • Lifestyle

    Anchorage man turns kitchen into philanthropy factory

    by Eric Ruble on May 01, 18:29

    Ira Edwards seems to have more hours in the day than everyone else. When he’s not working for the state, he spends his time hunting, skiing, gardening and, most recently, getting his new business of the ground. RoosterSkier Brand is the name of his recently expanded line of products made by hand in the kitchen […]

  • Crime

    Trial for man accused of killing troopers to begin day after anniversary of shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 17:38

    May 1 marked the second anniversary of the deaths of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabe Rich, who were shot in Tanana while responding to a call from the local village public safety officer. The man accused of killing them, 22-year-old Nathanial Kangas, is scheduled to stand trial on May 2 in […]

  • News

    UPDATE: Remains of missing Oregon man found in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 15:59

    ANCHORAGE — Search efforts to locate a missing Oregon man were called off when his body was discovered not far from the Savage River Loop Trail in Denali National Park and Preserve Sunday. The hiker, 24-year-old Michael Purdy, was found dead near the north end of the trail, according to park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri. “Clues indicate […]

  • News

    May 1-7 declared Wildland Fire Prevention & Preparedness Week in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 12:27

    Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott have declared the first week of May in 2016 as Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week in Alaska. In a special video announcement, the two leaders discussed what Alaskans can do to prevent wildfires in the state. “Wildland fires can start unpredictably and spread at a rapid pace, […]

  • Lifestyle

    Viaje sin Destino: Argentinian couple reaches Alaska after driving 40,000 miles in VW bus

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 11:05

    For Paul and Erika Piazza, coming to Alaska has been years in the making. The Argentinian couple, looking “north to the future,” took off on three years ago on a never-ending journey, culminating in their recent arrival in Anchorage. “For us it was a dream you know, we grew up together, and we always speak […]

  • Lifestyle

    Federal regulations shut down Alaska’s opiate detox centers

    by Associated Press on May 01, 10:20

    Following reports that Alaska’s opioid detox facilities were closed because of changes to Food and Drug Administration regulations, Cook Inlet Tribal Council spokesman Tim Blum released a statement about the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage: “Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage will remain open and continue to provide its critical detox services […]

  • News

    At annual gathering, legendary pilot shares his love of flying

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 30, 19:05

    Inside the FedEx hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is any pilot’s dream — Brand-new planes sit alongside historic models. Dozens of booths ring the hangar with the latest gear in aviation technology. The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering was organized by the Alaska Airmen Association (AAA), which expects at least 23,000 people to attend […]