Bass Pro Shops confirms Sarasota store at Fruitville Road

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Long rumored to be opening a Sarasota location, Bass Pro Shops confirmed Monday plans for a new store at the proposed Fruitville Commons development.  It will be the company's first Suncoast location.

The new 80,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops Outpost store will be the anchor store in the development, which will be located north of Fruitville Road and east of Interstate 75. It is slated to open in 2016.

The company expects to hire 200 full and part time employees for the store, which will be the 14th in Florida.

Bass Pro Shops unique, mega-sized outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education.

The Sarasota location plans include an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, which features a 12-lane bowling alley that gives bowlers the impression of being in the ocean.

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