From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Oh no, Bass Pro

We’ve gotten inklings in the past from land developers that the Bass Pro Shops project on River Watch Parkway is on hold.

Today, we got that message from the popular outdoor retailer itself.

"With the economy right now, we just aren't building any new stores.”

That’s the quote from Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops’ communications manager in Springfield, Mo., as reported by the Associated Press.

The context of the quote is explaining why the retailer laid off members of its design department – the people who design the stores – over the weekend. No stores to build, so the outdoor retailer doesn’t need the people to design them.

I’ve talked to Mr. Whiteley before. The last conversation about three weeks ago concerned the Augusta store which has been on the drawing board for 19 months. Bass Pro doesn’t have a ground breaking scheduled, he said, nor has the company have any change of plans to announce.

Stuck in limbo still.

In May, a construction manager for Mullins Group told one of our reporters that Augusta’s Bass Pro was on hold. Mullins is the local partner for Dallas-based MGHerring, which has been trying to get something going at the Village of Riverwatch for a few years.

Richmond County’s development authority insists the store is still coming, just maybe not at the schedule that shoppers would like to see.

The inference from Mr. Whiteley’s quote and information from developers is that this is a project that goes to construction once the economy turns around.

Even if they started building the store today, it would take them more than 10 months to have it ready to open. So, Christmas 2010 shopping at Bass Pro Shops seems unlikely.

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Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/19/09 - 09:31 am
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What  non-governmental

What  non-governmental developments are not on HOLD?

brianw
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brianw 10/19/09 - 09:51 am
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I knew it was too good to be

I knew it was too good to be true!

reesiecup
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reesiecup 10/19/09 - 10:25 am
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Bass Pro shop is just

Bass Pro shop is just another example of "what could have been" in Augusta. Companies do not want to come to Augusta. Our commissioners and city officials are a joke. If it is not going on Broad street or in the middle of the hood, they arent going to support it. I will continue to travel to Savannah or Atlanta to shop at Bass Pro Shop. Maybe one day when the current commision is dead and gone, we can finally get some decent retailers willing to give it a shot in the Augusta area.

citizenna
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citizenna 10/19/09 - 10:38 am
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oh bah humbug on bass pro

oh bah humbug on bass pro shops! we have to go all the way to atlanta or north myrtle to go to one.  we were really looking forward to it!

Doctor j. Dudleydoright
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Doctor j. Dudleydoright 10/19/09 - 10:39 am
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I just hope Commisioners are

I just hope Commisioners are moving forwad with the Canal project downtown and the Worlds only floating ball park on the Savannah. Those to projects are a must to keep our tourism up.

Doctor j. Dudleydoright
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Doctor j. Dudleydoright 10/19/09 - 10:43 am
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I just hope Commisioners are

I just hope Commisioners are moving forwad with the Canal project downtown and the Worlds only floating ball park on the Savannah. Those to projects are a must to keep our tourism up.

floridasun
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floridasun 10/19/09 - 10:59 am
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Actually metro Augusta has

Actually metro Augusta has the best selection of retail in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. No major retail developments are moving forward anywhere in the country at this time. This is simply a timing decision based on the current state of the economy and has nothing to do with government in Augusta.

Too bad they cut down all the trees at the Riverwatch Parkway site. Augusta needs a stronger tree ordinance. 

asustudent75
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asustudent75 10/19/09 - 11:22 am
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Not surprising...why dont we

Not surprising...why dont we use that land instead for a new jail?  Plenty of crime in the area to support this!! 

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Dan White 10/19/09 - 11:30 am
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The only thing growing in

The only thing growing in this economy is the federal government.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 10/19/09 - 11:49 am
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Yeah, they let them cut down

Yeah, they let them cut down the trees before being sure they were building anything.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/19/09 - 11:55 am
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Don't worry, the TEE center

Don't worry, the TEE center will save us all (snicker)

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 10/19/09 - 12:02 pm
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No loss for Augusta not

No loss for Augusta not having a Bass Pro Shop. Their prices are high and the sales staff at their stores that I've been in have not been knowledgeable. Augusta has a good LOCALLY OWNED store that sells ammo, camo, hunting, archery, clothing, etc. They are also knowledgeable and friendly!

noway
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noway 10/19/09 - 02:16 pm
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The developer at Riverwatch

The developer at Riverwatch started developing before all of the planning and zoning reviews were completed, but because Richmond County wanted the money and the development, they ignored every recommendation not to build that crap there. Now, no  trees and an environmental mess. That is what is wrong with Richmond County government, or any local government. The fact that this stupid store isn't coming, and who really cares, is a business decision.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/19/09 - 02:33 pm
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The local government needs

The local government needs to do nothing but stay out of the way of things like this.

BOBO
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BOBO 10/19/09 - 03:27 pm
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they will move it to

they will move it to Columbia County Watch and See

countyman
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countyman 10/19/09 - 03:53 pm
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Buy Buy Baby, Kobe

Buy Buy Baby, Kobe Steakhouse, Cheddars, Five Guys have all come to West Augusta recently. Hobby Lobby was coming to Evans, now its coming to West Augusta at the Augusta Exchange. Columbia county already tried to get Bass Pro at the Walmart shopping center in Grovetown off I-20. Bass pro didn't want to locate there.

countyman
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countyman 10/19/09 - 03:56 pm
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 Augusta already has the

 Augusta already has the best retail in GA outside of Atlanta. We got several stores not in Charleston, Columbia, or Greenville yet. Apple, Chop House, PF Changs, Jared Gallery of Jewlery, Kobe Steakhouse, Buy Buy Baby, Williams Sonoma, Dicks, Forever 21, Sephora, Coach, J. Jill, Aldo, Aerie, etc. The Village at Riverwatch and Wheeler town Park(Costco shopping center off I-20) in West Augusta are better locations. When looking at traffic patterns and surrounding income. Than the Gateway, the Grovetown walmart shopping center. Maybe if Mullins Crossing 2 in Evans was getting built. Columbia County would stand a better chance at getting Bass Pro or Costco when they come to Augusta. The money in West Augusta vs Evans is more comparable. West Augusta is going to kill Grovetown everytime.

Ole School
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Ole School 10/19/09 - 05:00 pm
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NO MUST HAVE BASS PRO SHOP !

NO MUST HAVE BASS PRO SHOP ! MUST HAVE IT NOW !!! lol.....

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