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Bass Pro Shops not coming

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:22 PM
Last updated 10:08 PM
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Efforts to bring Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops to Augusta have failed, according to City Administrator Fred Russell.

"There have been extensive conversations, but at this point I'm not optimistic," he said. "If it does materialize in the future, it would be a welcome surprise."

The development was first reported Tuesday by television station WRDW.

This week marks the third anniversary of the sporting goods giant's announcement that it would build a 100,000-square-foot "destination" store at the Village at Riverwatch development flanked by Interstate 20 and River Watch Parkway.

The company later placed that project -- and others across the country -- on hold.

Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the Richmond County Development Authority, said he has no formal notice that the Bass Pro project is finished.

Incentives used to lure Bass Pro included $25 million in tax-exempt financing arranged by the authority before the 2008 announcement, he said, adding that the inducement resolution ultimately adopted remains valid and could still be used.

Larry Whiteley, the company's manager of communications and outdoor education, said in an e-mail Tuesday that Bass Pro has no new information to reveal.

"I wouldn't believe any rumors you hear," he said. "When or if everything is ready to be announced we will hold a press conference or send out a media release."

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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Batman
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Batman 04/12/11 - 10:18 pm
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Dang it...

Dang it...

bclicious
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bclicious 04/13/11 - 06:29 am
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Maybe the Columbia County

Maybe the Columbia County Commission can monopolize on this by making a better offer to Bass Pro Shops!

airbud7
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airbud7 04/13/11 - 08:09 am
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FISH: an animal that grows

FISH: an animal that grows the fastest
between the time it’s caught
and the time the fisherman
describes it to his friends.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/13/11 - 08:21 am
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You mean countyman didn't

You mean countyman didn't KNOW about this?? Not coming......had to hear from WRDW.....what a bummer..
Yikes-----wait a minute-----I live within 3 1/2 miles to a Bass/Pro shop right here......one of my hubbys favorite stores......:O)
I guess the Atlanta area has some perks...but the traffic sucks!

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 08:26 am
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well you can always go to the

well you can always go to the ones in Savannah and Macon. Not much of a surprise really. That whole villages at Riverwatch thing has been nothing but a big bust anyway.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 08:37 am
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Columbia County is not about

Columbia County is not about to "pay" any retail business to go there with tax breaks for a decade. That's a Richmond County maneuver.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 08:55 am
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Bass Pro initially was

Bass Pro initially was interested in Columbia County but the county was not willing to give away the farm to get them there. I mean is anyone surprised about this.. look at the state of the economy.. they would be foolish to be building new stores, regardless of what incentives RC were offering.

burninater
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burninater 04/13/11 - 10:19 am
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$25 million dollar subsidy to

$25 million dollar subsidy to an out-of-state business that directly competes with locally-owned businesses? If they want to locate here, let them do it on a level playing field. Influence-peddling does not create healthy markets.

countyman
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countyman 04/13/11 - 10:37 am
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It's sad to hear about the

It's sad to hear about the Bass Pro Shops..The outdoor chain stopped building stores nationwide, but they'll be back to Augusta sometime in the future..

Bass Pro was never really intrested in coming to Columbia County.. The county trying to lured them to the Grovetown I-20 exit... The corporate at Bass Pro turned down the Grovetown location because of the demographics. Columbia County gives tax breaks to Bojangles and other fast food places to build new restaurants... The Bojangles construction on South Belair is a perfect example.. Trust me, CC tried just as hard as Richmond County did to lure the company here..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 10:37 am
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Nope, it's foolish to offer

Nope, it's foolish to offer incentives to any retail business that only takes sales from other locals. As far as the Bojangles, I agree that's a misguided attempt with this special area thing they are working on. The Martinez area looks better than 90 % of Richmond Cty so I don't know what it's all about.

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countyman 04/13/11 - 10:40 am
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The city of Augusta approved

The city of Augusta approved the Costco deal monday...

It says that the project is to be 3 stages: Costco, Phase 1, and Phase 2.

The Costco will develop about 16.5 acres and should be completed by the end of the year.

Phase 1 is about 12 acres located along River Watch between the extension of Alexander Drive into the property and the Comcast building. It will be developed into outparcels (restaurants, retail, banks, office space, and hotels).

Phase 2 is about 82 acres and is supposed to include large-format retail, specialty retail, restaurants, and 'other development uses'...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 10:43 am
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This whole concept of giving

This whole concept of giving tax breaks to large retailers is so foolish. We complain about Walmarts coming in and running out small businesses, but, at least, they aren't given tax breaks. How in the world can anyone justify giving the large retailer breaks while complaining about a Walmart?

countyman
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countyman 04/13/11 - 11:19 am
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The Martinez area doesn't

The Martinez area doesn't look better than West Augusta, Summerville, Forest Hills, Artist Row,...

The Martinez portion of Washington road between Pleasant Home and Bobby Jones is the ugliest part of the road..... The KMart shopping center is probably the nicest development along the road...

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 04/13/11 - 11:49 am
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Here's a little education on

Here's a little education on the $25 million tax-exempt financing for those who don't understand. It's a tax-exempt loan provided by the tax payers that would be paid back to the tax payers. The county gets income from sales taxes for the next 20 years or more. It's a win-win.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 11:56 am
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well it's certainly not a

well it's certainly not a win-win for the many local businesses not getting this special tax break. This is the government picking and choosing which businesses gets a special deal. The thing is the small businesses never get these special tax breaks or special deals.. they always go to the big guys.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 11:59 am
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Just curious Countyman.. what

Just curious Countyman.. what is your big beef with Columbia County.? It's where all of the growth is. 39% growth in the last 10 years.. 0.04% in Richmond County... so for someone who loves growth and new strip malls and fast food places then you should love Columbia County.. without it, this area would be in bad shape statistically

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 12:02 pm
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about the special tax

about the special tax breaks.. it's kind of like when certain powerful people get interest free loans from the DDA when the average small business owner downtown would never get such a deal

countyman
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countyman 04/13/11 - 12:37 pm
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I don't have a beef with

I don't have a beef with Columbia County... It's apart of metro Augusta and I lived there for several years before moving to RC.. I don't get caught up in the county vs county foolishness on here.. I already know developers are judging Augusta by the entire metro area... What's your beef with Richmond County?

Uh, it's 2011 and those census figures are from 2000 to 2010... With the Village at Riverwatch, 25 acre shopping center on Jimmie Dyess, Flowing Wells Business Park, Highland Ridge, Dyess Park, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cherry Street shopping center, eleven new stores/restaurants at Augusta Mall since 2010 etc.. Almost all of the MAJOR commercial developments in 2011 are located in Richmond County.. Unless CC can lure a outlet mall to the Grovetown area...

I only mentioned Columbia County because the same people try to make it seem like Richmond County is the only one offering tax breaks.. Cities, counties, etc have and will continue to offer tax incentives to companies..

Check out Richmond County's growth rate since 2006... And look at the population estimates from April 2010 to July 2010.... They're buildng a 25 acre shopping center of Jimmie Dyess because of all the growth..

Emerydan
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Emerydan 04/13/11 - 12:44 pm
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almost all of the recent

almost all of the recent commercial growth in Richmond County is within a stones throw of The CC border.. because they are after the money that resides in Columbia County.. it's just not in Richmond County.. that's why you don't see much of anything happening south of Wrightsboro Rd. But even when you look at the growth the rapid growth in CC.. it's not in Martinez or other areas right on the county line.. it's happening out past Evans.. and inching toward Appling and we all know how much growth Grovetown has experienced in the last 10 years. So a business like Bass Pro would be smart to locate off I20 in Columbia County.. The Lewiston Rd exit would be ideal, and I expect if they do plan to come to the area in the future that is where they will end up.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 01:05 pm
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Who cares? I mean aren't

Who cares? I mean aren't there like a dozen other sporting goods stores and golf shops in the area? And in my opinion they should just leave that land next to the canal alone and keep it natural. It looks awful how they clear cutted all the trees and you now have a giant clay pit (how lovely). That land is far more valuable to the area as a natural resource than has another big box strip mall.

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DawgnSC69 04/13/11 - 01:12 pm
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Emerydan, I guess you don't

Emerydan, I guess you don't realize the positive economic impact bass pro shops would have to the area. While I realize that a very, very low percentage of people who happen to be in the same line of business may suffer, you have to look at the community as whole and what would prosper it in the long run.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 01:59 pm
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DawgnSC69, in the Costco

DawgnSC69, in the Costco example, they are giving them a sales tax break for about a decade. This is a huge company that hardly needs the money to build a store, but they would be foolish not to take the tax break. The same customers who now go to Sams, Walmart, etc. where the portion of the sales that goes to the county is paid. That's why it's a losing proposition for the county in addition to taking business from other stores.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 02:08 pm
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Get some decent clothing

Get some decent clothing stores in this area and I might start getting excited. Bass Pro? Sounds like a lot of rednecks to me which we already have an ample supply of.

countyman
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countyman 04/13/11 - 03:45 pm
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Uh?? The planned 25 acre

Uh?? The planned 25 acre shopping center and Dyess Park(mix-used development0 are both SOUTH of Wrightsboro road lol...

Both of them will be built along Jimmie Dyess near the Ft Gordon/Dyess pkwy corridor.. The construction is directly related to the growth in Southwest Richmond County only... The new homes in Elderberry, Granite Hill, and Willhaven.. Along with the new neighborhoods underway Cushendal, Haynes Station, and Mccoys Creek...

http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4102

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15394091/4130-Madeline-Drive-Augusta-GA/

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16945338/4003-Harper-Franklin-Avenue-Augu...

What recent commercial growth in RC is a stones away from CC??? The Augusta mall is definitely not a stones throw away.... The downtown area is closer to North Augusta, SC.. There's IGA grocery store under construction in the city limits(south of Willis Foreman rd) in Hephzibah...

Martinez and Evans are more built up because they're closer to West Augusta... The Martinez area already had the retail and restaurants Grovetown is getting now.. Yes, the Village at Riverwatch is near the Richmond/Aiken/Columbia line..

CharlesB
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CharlesB 04/14/11 - 12:53 am
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EC Danes--let me tell you

EC Danes--let me tell you about rednecks. We got our name by being the ones coming into town with our farm goods so people like you could eat. We spent our time on the farm growing food for you with the sun beating down on us but we couldn't take our shirts off for comfort because of the insects, thorns or chemicals we had to use. That's why our necks and arms were and are red. Another thing about rednecks. We are the ones that drive them old pickups. Yeah, those. We stop when somebody is stranded and help out. We have that extra piece, jumper cables or extra know how to get you going. Rednecks are the ones that can fix your sinks, repair your leaks and tell you what's wrong with your roses. But you keep on knocking rednecks if you want to EC. We're used to it and we don't care. We're bigger than that.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/14/11 - 06:06 am
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Yeh.....you tellem

Yeh.....you tellem charlesb.......I love rednecks!!

airbud7
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airbud7 04/14/11 - 07:39 am
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Yeh...What CharlesB Said ↑ ☺

Yeh...What CharlesB Said ↑ ☺

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 04/14/11 - 08:42 am
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I wonder who is not getting

I wonder who is not getting their facts straight? Bass Pro was to never go on River Watch, that developer made it up to lure more retailers in there. They did however have some thoughts on going over by the new CarMaxx. But, that also was dropped due to paying $6mm for them to even come. We need Bass Pro enough as we need another Wal-Mart.

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