View Full Version : The Taxpayer Boondoggles of Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's

12-07-2014, 04:26 AM
From CityLab (

Is Memphis Making (Another) Massive Mistake With Its Pyramid? (

A giant Bass Pro Shops outlet is set to move into the infamous landmark. But the city could be on the hook for millions if the deal falls apart.

By KRISTON CAPPS @kristoncapps Dec 4, 2014

Here's a story about how Memphis is paying Bass Pro Shops to repurpose its Pyramid Arena converting it to a giant Bass Pro Shops & what the author thinks about Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's extorting taxpayers for locating their retail stores in their cities.

Why we give away millions to these companies when we already have Academy Sports + Outdoors, Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, Target & a lot of locally owned sporting goods stores that we likely don't have to subsidize?

Note: I spend some of my sporting goods money at Bass Pro in Bricktown, but I could just as easily spend that same money at the Northwest Highway & 63rd Academy Sports store or one of the sporting goods stores at Penn Square Mall, the Belle Isle Walmart or the Northwest Highway & May Target store, all which are much closer to my home.