The grand opening backed up traffic in the area for hours as thousands of eager shoppers descended on the new 130,000-square-foot retail outlet.
Bass Pro Shops features 130,000 square feet of outdoor gear, clothing and equipment customized for the region — Photo courtesy of Bass Pro ShopsWhy the fuss? It could be the unparalleled selection of outdoor products, including the best-selling Tracker Marine boats, a wide variety of fishing poles, tackle and other gear, as well as all kinds of camping and hunting equipment. Not to mention the full lines of clothing, accessories and gifts – sure to please everyone on your shopping list.
Indeed, Bass Pro Shops have stocked the space with inventory specifically designed to take advantage of Florida’s beautiful natural environments. From duck blinds to sunglasses, this store has it all.
In addition, shoppers can count on finding salespeople with real world experience and specialized knowledge to help both beginners and experts.
Bass Pro Shops is more than just a retail store; it's also an award-winning combination of museum, art gallery and aquarium. Every square foot of this massive store has been carefully designed and decorated to highlight indigenous flora and fauna through hand-painted murals and realistic dioramas.
As shoppers enter the store, they are greeted with a large lobby space designed to evoke a Florida trophy room with a massive stone fireplace, comfortable seating and a number of taxidermy mounts on the walls.
As visitors explore other areas of the store, they will find that each area features depiction of actual area locations and wildlife.
The central arcade is impressive with handcrafted murals and dioramas depicting local landscapes and wildlife — Photo courtesy of Skye RodgersThe most impressive space is the central arcade featuring a high clerestory with curved ceilings and murals depicting local scenes on both sides. At the far end is an incredibly detailed diorama, realistically staged with local plants and animals, looking down on an 11,000-gallon aquarium featuring over 100 local species of fish.
After all the hard shopping work is done, visitors are encouraged to take a load off at Islamorada Fish Company, the adjoining seafood restaurant and bar. This classic island restaurant features a wide selection of seafood as well as wild game, rotisserie chicken, steaks and a variety of sandwiches and salads options.
Not to be outdone by the retail space, the restaurant is also beautifully decorated with a 13,000-gallon salt water fish tank serving as an imposing centerpiece. With over 210 indoor seats and 72 patio seats, time spent waiting for a table should be minimal.