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Are you excited about Bass Pro Shop coming to Sarasota?

Long rumored to be opening a Sarasota location, Bass Pro Shops confirmed Monday plans for a new store off Fruitville Road. It will be the company's first Suncoast location.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:19 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Outdoorsmen on the Suncoast were largely happy with the announcement of a new Bass Pro Shops Outpost that's scheduled to open in Sarasota in 2016.  But the large mega-store still has its detractors.

The company says 200 full and part time jobs will be created at the new store, which will be located on Fruitville Road near Interstate 75.

But the arrival of big box store is often bad news for local small businesses.

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