Last July, the parking lot to Bass Pro Shops was flooded with hundreds of people welcoming the outdoors retailer to Tampa Bay. A year later, customers are still hard-pressed to find a slow day at the 130,000- square-foot retailer on Palm River Road.
“We are very, very happy to be here in this location,” general manager Ronnie Cheeks said. “There’s so many people in this market that have a passion for the outdoors.” In 2013, Hillsborough County approved a controversial $6.25 million subsidy to develop the 150-acre Estuary shopping center area where Bass Pro is located. Community leaders say that incentive has been a success.
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