Patrick Peterson and Wayne Price
Bass Pro Outdoor World has announced in its 2013 catalog that it will open a store in Palm Bay.
The company in November purchased a large tract of land in Palm Bay. However, neither city officials nor the company will comment on when plans will be made public for a megastore near Interstate 95.
County records show the Springfield, Mo., company spent $6.55 million on a 12.3-acre site that was formerly Palm Bay Chevrolet.
Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1971 by Johnny Morris in Springfield, Mo. The mail-order business started in 1974, and the company began selling fully rigged bass boats in 1978.
Bass Pro Shops today serves 75 million customers a year in 77 stores and is also planning stores in Tallahassee, Tampa and St. Johns County. The average customer stays 2.5 hours and drives more than 50 miles.
The Brevard County Commission approved a tax incentive package in November for a secret “Project Karl” that would create 200 jobs. The commission voted to be the conduit to issue up to $10 million in bonds for the project at 1450 Executive Drive N.E