VOL. 129 | NO. 217 | Thursday, November 6, 2014
Bass Pro Shops Sets Pyramid Opening for May 1
By Bill Dries
Bass Pro Shops executives say their store and other attractions at The Pyramid will open May 1 and the 100-room hotel they are developing in The Pyramid will begin taking reservations later this month.
Bass Pro Shops continues work inside The Pyramid, using the largest manlift in the United States to scale the interior of the building. The company plans to open in The Pyramid May 1.
(Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)
The new opening date was announced at a Thursday, Nov. 6, media tour of The Pyramid. Earlier this year, Bass Pro Shops executives set a December opening date that looked doubtful.
In the interim, Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris has added attractions, including a Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center and boat ramp facilities on the Wolf River Harbor, and increased the number of hotel rooms.
The May opening is planned as an opening of all of the attractions at one time, including the top of The Pyramid, said Morris.
He described it as a “dynamic, immersive” retail experience.
“It is probably larger than any of us envisioned,” he added, referring to the parts of the plan added recently. “It’s the biggest commitment we’ve ever made.”
The boat ramp feature is a detail Morris and others have talked about generally but which has become more specific in the plans.
Reporters got a look at a completed hotel room in the Big Cedar Lodge as well as the structure for the twin side-by-side elevator shafts that will get patrons to the top.
The elevators are billed as the largest free-standing elevator in America, going up 25 stories.
A view from the top was not on the media tour. A welding team at the top was working as reporters toured the ground floor and two levels up from the floor. Sparks from the welding torch landed in the dirt basin that will be the simulated cypress swamp. The swamp is the largest of the aquarium features, which together will total 588,400 gallons of water. The facsimile cypress trees were also taking shape, along with storefronts for the retail area as well as the other attractions.