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Bass Pro Shops to open third Ohio store in Summit County near Cleveland

Bass Pro Shops to open third Ohio store in Summit County near Cleveland

Store to be located on State Route 8 in Village of Boston Heights

VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio -  Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear, is proud to announce plans for a third store in Ohio.  The store will be located on the northwest quadrant of Interstate 80 and State Route 8 in the Village of Boston Heights, in Summit County.  Boston Heights is part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton area, which has a population in excess of four million, making it the 15th largest Combined Statistical Area (CSA) in the United States.

Artist's rendering of Bass Pro Shops retail store in the Village of Boston Heights, Ohio.

Artist's rendering of Bass Pro Shops retail store in the Village of Boston Heights, Ohio.

The Bass Pro Shops retail attraction will be the lead tenant in a mixed-use one-million-square-foot Marketplace at Boston Heights development.  The project includes 350,000-sqare-feet of retail.  The projected opening date for the new 100,000-plus-square-foot Bass Pro Shops store will be summer 2016.

"We are very grateful for the opportunity to be the lead anchor tenant for this exciting new development," said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. "Our mega outdoor store will be a tribute to the great sporting tradition and heritage of the Great Lakes region and a celebration of the sporting men and women of Ohio."

The Marketplace at Boston Heights consists of a total of 167 acres, which includes 65 acres of retail development in the heart of the Village of Boston Heights.  Located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and State Route 8, the mixed-use-project is conveniently situated between Akron and Cleveland.  The site is just east of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which provides walking and riding trails and opportunities to enjoy native plants and wildlife.

"My partner, Al Scott, and I are pleased to welcome Bass Pro Shops to the Marketplace at Boston Heights," said Sam Petros of Petros Development Corporation.  "They, along with seven other retailers, will be serving the Cleveland-Akron market through our new retail location where I-271, Route 8 and the turnpike meet," Petros said.

Bass Pro Shops unique, award-winning, mega-sized outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. More than just a fishing and hunting store, the Bass Pro Shops store will also offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, and other related outdoor gear.  A gift and nature center features a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Expansive boat showrooms offer Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats built by Tracker Marine Group, the world's largest manufacturer of fishing boats.  

"As mayor of the Village of Boston Heights, our team has worked diligently to promote appropriate growth for our village," said Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy.  "On behalf of the village, I welcome Bass Pro Shops to join us on the ground floor of our new retail development," said Goncy.

"There is less than two miles from the Route 8 interchange to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park," said Don Polyak, council member president.  "This village government, along with an incredible amount of resident participation, spent years developing a detailed comprehensive plan to protect residents' interests.  The village couldn't have found a more perfect fit to our comprehensive plan than Bass Pro Shops," Polyak said.

Nationally, Bass Pro Shops will host more than 120 million people visiting their 92 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada this year.  The average customer stays 2 � hours and drives an average distance of 50+ miles.  Bass Pro Shops was named by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands in America along with name brands such as Old Spice, M&M's, iPad and Droid.  Also, Bass Pro Shops has been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts.          

Bass Pro Shops Dedication to Conservation

Bass Pro Shops lodge-like exteriors and outdoor-themed interiors make them popular with customers.  The outdoors feel is brought indoors through massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species as well as an extensive collection of museum quality fish and wildlife mounts.  Historic photos and exhibits will pay tribute to the region's great outdoor heritage.

Since the beginning, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has been dedicated to inspiring people, especially youth and families, to love, enjoy and conserve the great outdoors. That commitment, demonstrated over the course of several decades, is a big reason why Bass Pro Shops is known as the outdoor industry's corporate conservation leader. Bass Pro Shops has partnered with and supports the efforts of many organizations that work to conserve and manage the nation's natural resources. The company's key conservation initiatives include fish and wildlife habitat improvements, conservation and outdoor skills education, improving water quality and quality of our lakes and springs, and conservation advocacy.