Bass Pro Shops - Outdoor recreational gear and apparel
Bass Pro Shops
Whether you’re a fisher, hunter or just like the outdoors, Bass Pro Shops is an appropriate stop for you. Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, the privately-held retailer sells outdoor merchandise and apparel for men and women. The company has stayed true to its fishing roots, carrying one of the widest selections of reels, rods, lures and other fishing accessories. Hunting and shooting enthusiasts can also find an impressive inventory in their respective categories. Bass Pro Shops has diversified its merchandise to include boats and boating accessories, camping gear, and equipment for golfers, kayakers, water skiers among many others. Whatever your sport or hobby, the company carries apparel and footwear to fit your needs as well as your home’s, with its collection of furniture, home decor, kitchenware and more. Products are available in stores and online, or when in Springfield, visit Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the company headquarters which has become Missouri’s most popular tourist attraction.
Bass Pro Shops - From local pitstop to continental success
Bass Pro Shops has its roots on the road, when founder and owner John L. Morris, disappointed by the lack of tackle in local stores, took it upon himself to drive cross-country and fill a rented U-Haul trailer with the best tackle he could find. Upon his return home to Springfield, MO, he set up shop in the back of his father’s liquor store and sold his homemade bait and worms, which became a hit for local and out-of-town fishermen alike. Word soon spread about Johnny’s tackle and to meet this demand, the first Bass Pro Shops catalog was printed in 1974, the beginning of its status as the world’s largest mail order sporting goods store. From its humble beginnings in a Missouri liquor store to 58 stores in North America, Bass Pro Shops has become one of America’s favorite and most successful outdoor retailers, reporting annual revenues of over $3 billion.