Bass Pro Shops moving into North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Bass Pro Shops announced Friday morning that the outdoor retailer would be moving into an approximately 150,000-square-foot facility in North Charleston.

The outdoor store will also be home to a restaurant and bowling alley and will sit that the intersection of Interstate 26 and Northside Drive, officials said. The store will be the primary anchor of a 2-million-square-foot development called Ingleside Plantation.

"We have been working on attracting Bass Pro Shop for quite some time, and we are very excited about today's official announcement," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. "Once opened, Bass Pro will attract many visitors and outdoor recreational enthusiasts, providing a definite boost to the already thriving Highway 78 corridor."

Construction is set to begin in 2014 with an opening in 2015.

"By adding a Bass Pro Shops to this premier development in North Charleston, we hope to enhance this area's rich tradition and long history of being a highly sought-after outdoor and tourist destination," said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops.{}

The Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill is a nautical-themed venue inside the store that will feature 12 lanes of bowling in an ocean atmosphere and a grill that offers appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burger.

"This highly visible location on I-26 is easily accessible and will allow us to bring Bass Pro Shops' low prices and famous friendly, expert service to the area's many sportsmen and women as well as the millions of visitors to the Charleston area each year," Morris said.

The company says Charleston's allure as a tourist destination and the nearly one million people who enjoy hunting in the Lowcountry make the location perfect for Bass Pro Shops.

"It is terrific to see this project come to fruition, and we look forward to closely working with Bass Pro for years to come," said Mayor Summey.

Locals are excited about the opportunity.{}

"I am thrilled because I found out before my husband and he will be so super excited," said Amy Kittreol.

"I think it would probably do good business here as far as shot gun shells, if they sell firearms and stuff like that, rifles," said Larry Haynes.