Bass Pro Shops Inc., the retail store chain that has dabbled in RV retailing, announced earlier this week it will open five more locations before the end of 2004.
Bass Pro, operator of 15 Outdoor World stores, said it will open stores in Bossier City (Shreveport), La., Destin, Fla., Hampton, Va., Las Vegas, Nev., and Oklahoma City.
The Bossier City Outdoor World is scheduled to open in the late fall of this year while the Destin location, on the Florida Panhandle, is scheduled to open in the middle of summer 2004.
The Oklahoma City Outdoor World is scheduled to open in the late fall of this year and the Las Vegas location is should open in the late summer 2004.
No timetable was revealed for the opening of the Hampton store, although an official groundbreaking has already taken place.
Bass Pro, controlled by John L. “Johnny” Morris of Springfield, Mo., had a private-label agreement with Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., from 1998 until 2000. During that time, Fleetwood built folding campers, truck campers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels and Class C motorhomes sold by Outdoor World under the Tracker brand name.
One-third of the dealer body of Tracker Marine LLC, the boatbuilder owned by Bass Pro, also had Fleetwood-built Tracker RVs in its inventory.
However, the program was abandoned in 2000 because both Fleetwood and Bass Pro felt the sales volume was too low.
But recently, Bass Pro made a move back into RV retailing in a pact with Holiday Kamper and Boats, a multilocation RV and boat dealership group in South Carolina, to operate as the RV sales vendor in the Outdoor World store near Charlotte, N.C.