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[caption id="attachment_232" align="alignleft" width="300"]Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops[/caption] Most of us have read all the speculation and talk about a Bass Pro potentially coming to Tampa. The location adjacent from the new Racetrack off of Falkenburg and Causeway has been the prized vicinity that the new build is to take place. I honestly could see that being a great location. What has been the holdup you may ask? The developer and property owner David Verardo could not come to terms with a leasing agreement once the establishment is constructed. Hillsborough County is offering strong incentives for the Bass Pro to build here and it seems that Bass Pro wants to come to Tampa. New negotiations have begun, this time Bass Pro wants to purchase the land out right, so there is no lease agreement required. Merrill, who was initially skeptical of giving such a huge incentive package to a retailer, has now switched tunes after seeing how a Bass Pro Shop could boost the local economy. Not only would a new Pro shop add 400 plus jobs, it will generate an estimated $2 million in annual property taxes and $14.8 million a year in sales tax. The only downside to the build is the effects that it will have on the local mom and pop shops, such as Southeastern, TA Mahoney’s, etc… It could prove to be detrimental to the point of forcing their doors shut. What is your take on the situation? Do you want a Bass Pro?

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