BRISTOL, Tenn.—The first signs of construction will soon become quite prominent at The Pinnacle, located at Exit 74 off Interstate 81. Bass Pro Shops®, America’s most popular outdoor store, has signed a lease to become the anchor store in The Pinnacle, the planned mixed-use retail outlet developed by Johnson Commercial Development.
The new, more-than-100,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops® at The Pinnacle – the only Bass Pro Shops® store in the Tri-Cities – is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2013 or early 2014.
“This is the next exciting step in the progress of The Pinnacle,” says Johnson Commercial Development President Steve Johnson. “We will begin site work immediately, which will pave the way for the vertical construction phase of this project in early spring 2013 with the hope of a Christmas 2013 opening.
“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with the Bass Pro team since we first began our discussions, and I will take tremendous personal pride in seeing this store constructed and then visited each year by millions of outdoor enthusiasts.”
Bass Pro Shops® locations in the U.S. each average 2 million visitors per year.
Bass Pro Shops® Founder Johnny Morris is equally excited about the new store location and its significant traffic potential.
“We are thrilled to be the first of many committed tenants who will also bring the upscale shopping experience Johnson Commercial Development looks to create,” Morris says. The Tri-Cities region has a long history of great fishing and hunting, and combining those traditions with this highly visible and easily accessible location makes this the perfect place to allow us to better serve all our customers and outdoor enthusiasts who visit and live in this beautiful part of the country. We look forward to serving the Tri-Cities region and the many travelers who will pass our store on Interstate 81.”
Johnson continues to express his appreciation for the state and local government support and cooperation that have allowed The Pinnacle project to succeed.
“We express our many thanks to Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Bristol Tennessee City Manager Jeff Broughton for their hard work and full support of this project,” Johnson says. “This is an extraordinary project for the Tri-Cities region that will have significant impact on our local economy for decades to come.”
Bristol, Tenn.-based Baker Construction Services will prepare the Bass Pro Shops® site. The expansive wood-and-stone structure will be built by Bass Pro Shops®. Bass Pro Shops®’ unique, award-winning, mega-sized outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education.