Bass Pro Shops still seeks to lure Western New York’s hunters, fishers and campers.
The outdoor retail megastore on Friday announced it will build its third New York store 90 minutes down the I-90 in Victor, a suburb of Rochester, with an eye on attracting outdoors enthusiasts from Buffalo to Syracuse.
The new store, a 145,000-square-foot building complete with a family restaurant and bowling center called Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill, will be situated on a 96-acre parcel at the intersection of I-90 and State Route 96 as part of a mixed-use development project named Fishers Ridge.
The Bass Pro store is tentatively set to open in 2016. It will be the first Outdoor World store in the state, with smaller Outpost stores already in Auburn and Utica.
Bass Pro Outdoor World stores range from 100,000 to 200,000 square feet.
Bass Pro three years ago withdrew its bid to build a waterfront store in downtown Buffalo after a decade of indecision.
Cabela’s Crossing, a major competitor to Bass Pro, has, however, decided to open its first local store in Cheektowaga at 2040 Walden Ave. that will open in the fall, bringing 225 jobs to the area.
Bass Pro last month opened an Outpost location in Southern Ontario as part of a major outlet mall development in Niagara-on-the-Lake.