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Bristol, VA

#1 Jul 12, 2012
I heard there was a bass pro shop going in around exit 7, any one heard anything on that??
setting u straight

Bristol, VA

#2 Jul 12, 2012
I have not heard that, although it would be nice. Generally they locate in large population areas, such as Orlando, Charlotte, etc. One here would be to close to the one in the Smokies. Hopefully this exit 5 project will make Bristol boom.
Rather not have Bass Pro

Bristol, VA

#3 Jul 12, 2012
I can't see Bass Pro locating so close (1 1/2 hours away) to another store. I'm sorry I would rather go to our local stores in our area (fishin hole i Abindgon). Keep our local people working!

United States

#4 Jul 16, 2012
Putting a bass pro in Bristol would be a very bad decision on their part. Thats not the kind of store that needs to have a location ever hour down the interstate. The one in sevierville is huge already.

Palmyra, VA

#5 Jul 16, 2012
Hopefully another commerical dev. company other than KBM/KD Moore has the Exit 5 project. He is a joke...
Really curious

United States

#6 Jul 16, 2012
So of course I live between exit 5 and 7 right next to Lee hwy and I'm the last to hear about an exit 5 project. These businesses I hear about will be right across the street from my house. I'd really like to know what's going on because I can't find anything online! I'd love if someone would update this because I'm across the street from the properties that were just bought for this. Thanks!

Bristol, VA

#7 Jul 16, 2012
Really is PART of the article, the last portion would not fit (to many characters). You can find the complete article at , but this should be enough to get you started.

Calling Tuesday’s vote historic and significant, city leaders agreed to buy more than 140 acres along Lee Highway with dreams of creating a massive commercial development.

With little fanfare, the Bristol Virginia City Council unanimously agreed to exercise its options and acquire about 30 parcels from 12 property owners along Lee Highway, between the Interstate 81 Exit 5 interchange and the railroad bridge near a Pizza Plus restaurant. Their vision includes a plethora of major “big box” retailers, national chain restaurants and related businesses.

“If things happen like we hope and pray, this will go down in history as the best thing that has ever happened to the city of Bristol,” Mayor Jim Steele said following the meeting.“I think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened.”

The proposed retail corridor’s first phase could attract a dozen or more national retailers and restaurants and at least one new hotel. City officials declined to identify potential tenants but said they have at least six letters-of-intent from easily recognized names, and other firms have expressed “substantial interest.” The letters indicate that the businesses will locate at the site if the city buys the property and prepares it for use.

Once fully developed, city officials said, the project is expected to employ more than 2,000 people, generate at least $5 million in annual sales tax revenue and attract at least 1 million visitors a year, both from area residents and travelers on Interstate 81.

City leaders plan to borrow $25 million in bonds to purchase the property.

Source: / Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, VA

#8 Jul 17, 2012
I've heard that Lowe's could build a new store there to replace the one next to Sam's and also Bass Pro could locate there as well.

Bristol, VA

#9 Jul 17, 2012
Not BassPro, but something similar. Lots of bigger retailers, and I've heard the same thing about Lowe's. If this comes to fruition, which I think it will, it will be a blessing for Bristol, VA. Hopefully Wal-Mart and Sams will be smart and follow Lowe's. I for one am sick of the City providing police and fire first response for both locations and not reaping any of the tax benefits. Then I hope when they four-lane Lee Hwy they screw the county and cut off access to that shopping center from everywhere but Clear Creek Rd.

United States

#10 Jul 20, 2012
You have a bass pro shop 1hr 40mins south and gander mt 2hrs in knoxville and roanoke, but cabela's is 3 hrs 30 mins away????
Herb Sewell

Cedar Bluff, VA

#11 Jul 27, 2012
They will not want anything that has to do with selling guns anywhere near exit 5.

Bristol, VA

#12 Jul 27, 2012
Herb Sewell wrote:
They will not want anything that has to do with selling guns anywhere near exit 5.
Oh really? Wal-Mart sells lots of guns and they are two minutes away. And besides, the anchor store up there is going to be a Cabelas. From what I have heard it is a done deal.
Bass pro

Lexington, SC

#13 Aug 9, 2012
Its coming be prepared got inside scoop last night also another up scale motel chain and restaurant.

Since: Feb 12

Johnson City, TN

#14 Aug 9, 2012
Which motel and restaurant?
Bass pro

Lexington, SC

#15 Aug 9, 2012
Time will tell
Exit 74

United States

#16 Aug 13, 2012
Announced today....will locate at exit 74 Bristol TN

Since: Feb 12

Johnson City, TN

#17 Aug 13, 2012
Well Bass pro, your inside scoop was off by about 6 miles.
Exit 74

Bristol, VA

#18 Aug 14, 2012

Bristol, TN--Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, has reached a binding agreement to be a part of the new Pinnacle mixed use development located at the northeast quadrant of the Exit 74 intersection of Interstate 81 and Highway 11 W in Bristol, Tennessee. This new Bass Pro Shops® mega outdoors store will serve the Tri-Cities area and greater region of Bristol VA/TN, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN with over 3 million people in a 100-mile radius.

Groundbreaking is planned for the spring of 2013 and the store is scheduled to open late 2013 or spring of 2014.

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Aug 14, 2012
what will happen to the 25 million dollar land purchase in Bristol with the economy like it is where are all these shoppers coming from?

Since: Jun 12

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#20 Aug 14, 2012
Whoever had this idea copied the Kingsport's one that they are making. It's not gonna happen bass pro will not open and if it does it'll close down in less than a year.

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