Sportsmen glad to hear of new Bass Pro Shop store on the Suncoast

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Area anglers have had to migrate upstream to Tampa or down to Ft. Myers if they wanted to go to a Bass Pro Shop. That will change as the new Mall at University Town Center will reportedly be the new spot for outdoorsmen and women who are looking for new gear.

The Springfield, Missouri-based company has been trolling Florida heavily for new store sites.

We reeled in some area fishermen and they told us they are hooked.

"I think that would be great. I think that’s a great store. I think it will do well in this area because there are so many fishermen."

"I think it’s a great addition to the community. It will be great to not have to go to Tampa or Ft. Myers to enjoy what Bass Pro Shops has to offer."

There is no word yet when the new store will open or when construction will start.