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WVUPSC

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In the new development off of I-79. I’m not as excited as I should be. Cabelas, which is owned by Bass Pro, has gone down hill in the last five years, in my opinion. I don’t see how these big box stores stay open with all of the on-line commerce.

https://www.wvnews.com/morgantownnews/news/bass-pro-shops-retail-store-planned-for-morgantown-wv/article_18326a5f-305f-5b53-ad5c-5e10e50400b5.html
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I'm glad to learn this.  Online is good but nothing compares to seeing and touching a product you want to buy and if it is something you wear, being able to try it on for size.  I think my average for waders and fishing shoes via mail order is about 2-3 tries before I get the correct size, regardless of how they tell you to measure your size.  I think these freestanding mega stores and specialty shops will be one more blow to the existence of the traditional mall.  The Morgantown Mall is losing tenants left and right.  Dunham's was reported to be going in where Elder Beerman was but I wonder if they will with this announcement?
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I'm not excited... this is really going to hurt our local shops.... McFly's, Sportsman Emporium, Sportsmans Refuge, ATR, and others. 
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No it won’t. The locals will continue to shop at those stores. They have a more tailored selection compared to a big box store. The Bass Pro will bring more tourist dollars. It’s a win for the area.
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No it won’t. The locals will continue to shop at those stores. They have a more tailored selection compared to a big box store. The Bass Pro will bring more tourist dollars. It’s a win for the area.


Agreed. I think there’s enough population there to sustain them all too. Just my own experience, living only 2 hours from Motown, I’m always just passing through or there with a purpose and not enough free time to stop long anyway. Can’t wait until this opens just to be able to make quick stops off the interstate without having to go down through town. My guess is most of the business will be passerby’s and people in town that don’t know about the mom n pop shops anyway. If I have enough time, I’ll still drive down into town for an ice cream and lure purchase at Mountaineer gun sales, but this BPS will be great for stopping for a quick bite, grab a lure I was gonna order online anyway, and quickly back on the road. Win win

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Agree that it will be a benefit, especially the increase in seletion of camping and general outdoor gear. Honestly, the fly-fishing section at most BP has never been impressive and will likely be staffed by someone with little to know experience

Candidly, Emporium should be more concerned about McFly than BP. Better selection with experienced staff and local stream knowledge. Can't always count on that at Emporium in my experience.

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Candidly, Emporium should be more concerned about McFly than BP. Better selection with experienced staff and local stream knowledge. Can't always count on that at Emporium in my experience.


Brent's always had main focus on hunting and bows.  Fishing came along as secondary and while it has grown, it's not keeping the doors open.

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