By: Bailey Myers
September 4th, 2013
Tallahassee FL- People have waited for it. And some even drove for hours just to take a look inside. That's right. The Bass Pro Shops in Tallahassee is open. Tonight wasn't just about the different celebrities that stopped by or selling the merchandise at Bass Pro Shops. It was about much much more.
One of the shoppers said, "They have it all under one roof." That's why hundreds waited outside for hours just to step foot inside Tallahassee's new Bass Pro Shops.
With it's hand painted walls, lively displays of Big Bend wildlife, and of course the giant fish tank. On top of all that some famous fishing, hunting and race car driving celebrities came out to show their excitement and support.
Race Car Driver Tony Stewart told the crowd, "I think you guys are going to really enjoy this its a special place."
After all that excitement there was still a bigger reason people travel from miles around to go to this store. Bass Pro Shops General Manager, Jeff Shaw, "So that customer comes into Tallahassee the economic impact it will have here is going to be huge. So you know hopefully we play a big part in that."
Governor Rick Scott acknowledged the positive impact of bringing a new business to Tallahassee and said, "And on top of that we have 200 more jobs here in Tallahassee so congratulations."
Half of all the proceeds earned Wednesday will go towards the Wildlife Foundation in Florida.
Bass Pro Shops Shopper, Fred Wilder, "That's why I would always shop with them because they have such a strong stance on the environment. I love to fish, but I want to make sure my grandchildren can fish and I think Bass Pro supports that."
Tomorrow the grand opening takes place at 8:00 AM, and that's when they will be fully operational under regular store hours. The Bass Pro Shops is located at 4059 Lagniappe Way In the Fallschase Development.
Tallahassee, FL - It's a business that was literally designed for the Big Bend, and is expected to make a big impact.
Tonight is a preview of the Grand Opening for the Bass Pro Shop in Tallahassee-- and hundreds are expected to turn out.
Music, celebrity speakers and well, the outdoors all under one roof.
But it's not just a celebration for the business. Its a celebration for the community.
WCTV has a reporter on scene. We'll bring you more information tonight on Eyewitness News.