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Bass Pro Shops brings hope for local economy

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Bass Pro Shops at the Riverside Center in North Utica brought out hundreds of people for their grand opening on Wednesday night, many of who believe the outdoors store is going to do wonders for the local economy.

Bass Pro Shops have been built in various locations around the country, contributing to the vitality and economy of American cities and towns for decades. The sixtieth shop has now found it's new home in Utica, and the hope and belief from locals and even the shops founder, Johnny Morris is that this store is going to bring the city success, " We're proud to have this one here."

Morris said the Mohawk Valley is a lot like his home in Missouri. Between the 200 people hired and the loyal customers that follow this chain, the Bass Pro Shops Utica location is bound to be a success. Morris said, "It's an emotional evening being with all the people who signed up to be a part of our team."

Some local opinions of the shop included Josh Jones of Holland Patent, " I think we're going to draw more people from outside, you got a big name store, a semi- pro team who just came to Utica and sold how many season tickets? The first game is already sold out...We're drawing more outsiders to the area to help our economy here."

Camouflage, hunting and fishing equipment and boat tools were some of the item's mentioned by shoppers as their first purchases at the shop.
 

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