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Bass Pro Shops Coming to Capital District!!


grampy

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Just heard that Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas, will be opening a 70,000 square foot store at a location in Clifton Park, in 2024!!!

About time!! It's been talked about in the past. But this time it's a go. They closed down the Field & Stream in Latham. Because of the woke mentality of company heads. Just as well. I haven't shopped there in years!

Closest Bass Pro to us in the Capital region, is in Utica. So having one closer will be great!

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I had heard a whisper about this last Summer. They should do great here. The closest place to be able to buy hunting items aside from just guns/bows is Runnings in Johnstown. Mail order is fine for some things but other items I want to see before I buy.

 

Walmarts around here are slowly doing away with hunting items in store. 

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Just now, grampy said:

We got nothing here now. So.....it will be something?

You have the internet. Try places like MidwayUSA. When Cabela’s built their mega store in Hamburg, PA, it instantly became the number one tourist attraction in that state surpassing Hershey park. As soon as Bass Pro bought it and started to reduce the inventories, it became a ghost town. You will find their prices are not very good on most items and in-store inventory levels will be crazy low. They will have one of everything you are looking for, but it might be in a child size or woman’s size, and not in any way relevant to what you are looking for. Like I said, be careful what you wish for. 

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I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but we have been down this road ourselves.  Bass Pro has a store in Atlantic City.  We have a mega store not too far away in Hamburg, PA, and we have been promised another Bass Pro in northern NJ that is now something like 12 years behind schedule.  Prices for BP/Cabelas are not highly competitive on any level, and the in-store experience that was once great has plummeted since the merger.  The Hamburg store used to have church buses coming and going along with Boy Scouts and the general public all day and all night.  Now they just have a massive, empty parking lot.  It's a shame, because the first mega store like it I ever visited was the original Bass Pro in Springfield, MO and it was an amazing experience.  Same for when I visited the Cabelas in Lincoln, NE and somewhere in Minnesota (can't recall where in that state, but all part of my old sales territory).    

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1 minute ago, Bucksnbows said:

I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but we have been down this road ourselves.  Bass Pro has a store in Atlantic City.  We have a mega store not too far away in Hamburg, PA, and we have been promised another Bass Pro in northern NJ that is now something like 12 years behind schedule.  Prices for BP/Cabelas are not highly competitive on any level, and the in-store experience that was once great has plummeted since the merger.  The Hamburg store used to have church buses coming and going along with Boy Scouts and the general public all day and all night.  Now they just have a massive, empty parking lot.  It's a shame, because the first mega store like it I ever visited was the original Bass Pro in Springfield, MO and it was an amazing experience.  Same for when I visited the Cabelas in Lincoln, NE and somewhere in Minnesota (can't recall where in that state, but all part of my old sales territory).    

My parents used to live right by the Cabela's in Hamburg, PA.  Absolutely mobbed every weekend for the first couple years, then like you said faded over time.  I still enjoyed going just to browse, but rarely any good deals or anything.  I think the biggest advantage was getting "hands on" with products, and especially trying out clothes (which are an absolute PITA to order online, try, return, etc).  Agree on prices though, in general you can find better deals elsewhere, but it's still good to have around if needed.

The times I've fished and hunted in NY, I've mostly been to Gander Mountains and local sporting goods shops.  They've always had what I needed in the moment. :up:

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32 minutes ago, Bucksnbows said:

I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but we have been down this road ourselves.  Bass Pro has a store in Atlantic City.  We have a mega store not too far away in Hamburg, PA, and we have been promised another Bass Pro in northern NJ that is now something like 12 years behind schedule.  Prices for BP/Cabelas are not highly competitive on any level, and the in-store experience that was once great has plummeted since the merger.  The Hamburg store used to have church buses coming and going along with Boy Scouts and the general public all day and all night.  Now they just have a massive, empty parking lot.  It's a shame, because the first mega store like it I ever visited was the original Bass Pro in Springfield, MO and it was an amazing experience.  Same for when I visited the Cabelas in Lincoln, NE and somewhere in Minnesota (can't recall where in that state, but all part of my old sales territory).    

Ahhh.......A Bass Pro Shops is still better than another Bed Bath and Beyond......???

I stop by the BPS in Auburn and Utica now and then. They always seem fairly busy? And I usually find something to take home with me. I will certainly spend some $$$ when the store is open in this area too. 

I do order things online as well. But when actually in any outdoor store, I'm like a kid in a candy shop.   :P

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29 minutes ago, nywaw said:

My parents used to live right by the Cabela's in Hamburg, PA.  Absolutely mobbed every weekend for the first couple years, then like you said faded over time.  I still enjoyed going just to browse, but rarely any good deals or anything.  I think the biggest advantage was getting "hands on" with products, and especially trying out clothes (which are an absolute PITA to order online, try, return, etc).  Agree on prices though, in general you can find better deals elsewhere, but it's still good to have around if needed.

The times I've fished and hunted in NY, I've mostly been to Gander Mountains and local sporting goods shops.  They've always had what I needed in the moment. :up:

We have had a couple of Gander mtn stores around here and they all have closed.  Inventory was terrible.  It was like going to Walmart.  I went to both of them once.  Bass pro is decent but yes a lot of stuff a bit pricey, but  another option for guns and ammo is great.  You can also order and ship to the store.  Putting hands on a gun and a fishing rod rather than over the internet is the only way for me.  Lures etc over the internet is fine though. 

I bought my boat at Tracker in Utica at the Bass pro and they were great.  

Regardless it's better than a Bed bath and beyond store! Lol.  

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Just now, grampy said:

Ahhh.......A Bass Pro Shops is still better than another Bed Bath and Beyond......???

I stop by the BPS in Auburn and Utica now and then. They always seem fairly busy? And I usually find something to take home with me. I will certainly spend some $$$ when the store is open in this area too. 

I do order things online as well. But when actually in any outdoor store, I'm like a kid in a candy shop.   :P

Lol great minds Grampy!

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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I've had a CC with Cabelas forever. I will say the product offerings aren't the same since they've gotten bought out by BP. I get club % off and use points which helps.  Great thing is I can having something ordered and shipped free to the store for pickup. Order more stuff off Midway and other online retailers now just because they have have specific items versus a limited selection of everything. No desire to go back to Field & Stream, especially with them being neutered for hunting and shooting stuff when they reopen. Gander Mt i used to go to out in buffalo and there's one not far south. since it change to Gander Outdoors or RV or whatever bastardize hunting business model Marcus Lemonis made it.

Still going to try and support local mom and pop shops if they have or can get what i need but Bass Pro is welcomed.  Only way it could be better is if they leveled the hood, setup shop behind the Governor's mansion, and put up a gun range right down in albany.

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