Truck parking plays a big role in Bass Pro proposal

| Monday, March 17, 2003

The success of a plan to put a new Bass Pro Shop in Kansas City, MO, may turn on whether or not officials can find space for tractor-trailers, whose drivers are among the outlet’s most loyal customers, to park in the city’s crowded downtown area.

The Kansas City Star reported March 14 that developers and the city were working on a plan to bring the famed sportsmen’s outlet to a proposed entertainment district in the center of Kansas City, just inside a highway loop created by Interstates 35, 70 and 29.

While the city has many surface parking lots, the most practical mass parking option for downtown businesses is parking garages. However, The Star said, garage parking would not work for truckdrivers or RV drivers.

The location is not the only site in the area being considered by Bass Pro. Sources in Olathe say the retailer is considering their city, and locations in Cass County, south of Kansas City on interstate-style U.S. 71, have also been rumored.

Bass Pro first approached Kansas City with a plan to locate in Bannister Mall, a large regional shopping center near the intersection of U.S. 71 and Interstates 435 and 470. That plan fell apart after another retailer in the mall – who would have to change locations in the center – objected, and a local school district indicated it might oppose tax breaks for the plan.

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