Atlantic City Bass Pro Shops Looks for 2015 Opening

Bass Pro Shops, under construction in Atlantic City, had expected an opening in between fall 2014 and spring 2015. The company announced on its website the store will not open until 2015.

Bass Pro Shops—a planned anchor store for Atlantic City’s The Walk shopping district—will look to open in 2015 the company announced on its website.

The 86,000-square-foot store had previously slated it opening for between fall 2014 and spring 2015.  The announcement rules out a 2014 opening.

Still, officials for the company said construction plans remain on track.

The shop, located at Atlantic and Missouri avenues broke ground in October. More than $34 million in casino reinvestment public funding has been given to the project.

The store is expected to employ at least 200 people, but Bass Pro Shop’s website says the company is not accepting applications for full-time or part-time positions because plans “to open the Atlantic City store have been postponed until 2015.”

Katie Mitchell, communications manager for the Bass Pro Shops Group, told the Press of Atlantic City that construction is under way and the company remains committed to Atlantic City.

“Our stores are destination sites and very unique in design and quality. As such, the construction process and time line can vary,” Mitchell told the paper. “We are absolutely moving forward with this project and want to ensure the residents and visitors in that area that they get the very best shopping experience possible.”

The project is expected to cost $20 million. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has committed a $12.3 million loan to the project. An additional $11 million over 11 years is expected as part of a tax-abatement plan. The CRDA-owned land used for the store is assessed at another $11 million, according to the Press.