Bass Pro Shops to open 145,000-sq.-ft. store in upstate New York
Victor, N.Y. — Bass Pro Shops announced plans for a new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Victor, New York, which is part of the Rochester metro area. The 145,000-sq.-ft. store will be the primary anchor for Fishers Ridge, a 96-acre mixed-use development. The store has a tentative opening date of 2016.
This will be the company’s third store in New York, as it currently operates stores in Auburn and Utica. This will be the first large-format store in the Empire State.
“Placing our new store at this highly visible location near the New York State Thruway will allow us to bring Bass Pro Shops’ low prices and famous friendly, expert service to better serve the region’s sportsmen and women, as well as the many visitors to this area each year,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops.
The Victor Bass Pro will combine retail, entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. It will feature a nautical-themed, Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, which combines casual dining with bowling. There will be 12 lanes, offering customers the chance to feel like they are bowling under the sea.
In keeping with the retailer’s hunting and fishing heritage, the outdoors feel will be brought indoors through massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species, as well as an extensive collection of museum-quality fish and wildlife mounts. Historic photos and exhibits will pay tribute to the region’s great outdoor heritage.
To see the Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, click here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMxwQuaz1w&feature=youtu.be
dd’s Discounts to open first New Jersey store
Dublin, Calif. — dd’s Discounts, a division of Ross Stores, will open its first store in New Jersey, in the town of Ewing, on June 28.
Including this new location, dd’s Discounts will operate approximately 140 locations in 11 states. The company is on schedule to complete its expansion plan to open approximately 20 locations in 2014.
Together, Ross Dress for Less and dd’s Discounts currently operate over 1,300 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.
Report: Coach to close 70 stores
New York — Coach plans to shutter about 70 underperforming stores in fiscal 2015, Crain’s New York reported. The retailer, which has been under heavy competitive pressure from Michael Kors and other upscale companies, also gave a disappointing revenue forecast for its current fiscal year.
Coach CEO Victor Luis told investors and analysts Thursday that the company is at a crossroads and will undertake a number of major initiatives during the next 12 to 18 months, including reducing promotional levels, introducing new advertising, shuttering stores and changing its product offerings, the report said.