Coming to Washington Pa. http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2005/03/07/daily18.html Washington County lands Bass Pro Bass Pro Shops has made it official. Today, Springfield, Mo.-based fishing superstore announced its plans to bring a new 200,000- to 250,000-square-foot Outdoor World retail location to a 210-acre plot in Washington County across I-79 from the Meadows Racetrack. While Bass Pro made its intentions to open a store clear, it also cautioned that the development of a new store faces a few hurdles. "Development in the Washington County region can be complex. The mining industry has presented certain challenges, and rezoning and infrastructure costs are paramount to our ability to move forward with this development," said Michael Dunham, Bass Pro Shops director of real estate. Bass Pro bills itself as a major tourist attraction, boasting to be among the largest tourist draws in the 14 states in which it operates. The company claims to draw 75 million people to its 26 stores. According to the Bass Prop Shops announcement, the Washington County location might include an indoor boat showroom, indoor/outdoor shooting and archery ranges, an ATV test track, a lodge-style hotel and other amenities. The tourist potential of Bass Pro often enables the retailer to reap substantial public subsidy for developing its new stores. Last night, developers for the proposed Victory Centre entertainment and retail complex, met last night with supervisors of South Strabane, the municipality in which the development is proposed. Bass Pro plans to be included as part of the development, a project of locally based Praxis Resources and suburban Philadelphia-based The Goldenberg Group. Victory Centre would include a Tanger Outlet Mall along with restaurants, a hotel and perhaps a waterpark to complement the slots gambling soon to come to the Meadows racetrack across I-79. The development is vying for Tax Increment Financing, a form of public subsidy in which the future real estate tax values of a development are used to help finance its construction costs. Also, local legislators and Goldenberg principal Jay Beste told the Business Times last summer that Gov. Ed Rendell was offering a state subsidy package of $25 million to help lure Bass Pro to Washington County. Bass Pro's official announcement comes on the heels of another outdoor retail giant, Cabela's, opening across the state line in Wheeling, W. Va. With that store now open, a slew of new big-box retailers announced just last week it plans to establish new locations nearby.