Posted: 9:42 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bass Pro construction in West Chester could start in July

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By Chelsey Levingston

WEST CHESTER TWP. —

Construction on a new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store slated for West Chester Twp. could begin in July or August, according to the sporting goods retailer.

The retailer of hunting, fishing and other outdoor gear first announced in October 2013 plans to build a 150,000-square-foot location in West Chester Twp. The existing Fairfield store at Forest Fair Village will close and employees will move to West Chester when the new store opens in 2015 on Allen Road.

“We are very excited about this location and construction plans for this project continue to move forward,” Katie Mitchell, spokeswoman for Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro, said in an email sent Wednesday. “We are finalizing and submitting plans and we expect to get permits next month. Construction should begin shortly after.”

Meanwhile, a new Dick’s Sporting Goods location has been announced for the mega retail center Liberty Center under construction in nearby Liberty Twp.

Most recently on Tuesday, JournalNews learned Cabela’s is eyeing a West Chester Twp. site on Liberty Way.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. also opened last year a Field & Stream store in Crescent Springs, Ky., and plans another location at the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. to open still in 2014.

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