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Bass Pro headed to Decatur

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An artist's rendering of the new Bass Pro Shop to be built in Decatur. (Source: Bass Pro Shops) An artist's rendering of the new Bass Pro Shop to be built in Decatur. (Source: Bass Pro Shops)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Bass Pro Shops confirmed Tuesday that the retail store is headed to Decatur.

The announcement comes after the Decatur City Council approved plans for the much anticipated Sweetwater development which includes the Bass Pro Shop. The city council approved the project in a 3-2 vote Monday night.

According to Bass Pro, the new retail store will be 100,000 square-feet in size and located on the south side of Highway 20 at I-65.

"We are honored to be the lead anchor for the new Sweetwater development project in Decatur - one of the largest and most exciting new retail developments in this area. Placing our store at this highly visible location near I-65 will allow us to bring Bass Pro Shops low prices and famous friendly, expert service to better serve the many sportsmen, women as well as the visitors to this area each year," said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. "The store will be a tribute to the great sporting tradition and heritage of the region and a celebration of the sporting men and women of Alabama."

The Sweetwater project is expected to bring in 400 jobs during the first phase of the development. The city estimated the number of jobs to grow to 4,000 over the next decade.

An opening date for the Bass Pro Shop has not yet been announced. The new store will be the company's fourth in the state.

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