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The Bottom Line: Bass Pro Shops misses its target for construction

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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:32 am | Updated: 5:01 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

In the race to grab the attention of the Valley’s outdoor sports lovers, Cabela’s will fire the first shot. The company and its chief competitor, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, both plan Wal-Mart-sized hunting, fishing and outdoor gear stores, but Cabela’s in Glendale is already hiring and it expects to open this summer.

Meanwhile, Mesa’s Bass Pro has yet to break ground.

The two got off to roughly the same start last year after voters approved the Mesa Riverview at Dobson retail center, the site for Bass Pro. Cabela’s announced its plan less than a month after the May election, targeting an opening by the end of this year.

Bass Pro said it would accelerate construction of its store despite an initiative that could have led to another vote on the Mesa project. At that time, the company said construction would begin in February of this year and the store would open by December.

Instead, officials will be here to break ground May 12. The store is expected to open in April or May of 2007.

“The main reason is we have have a lot more going on than just that one store,” said Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro spokesman. “We’re opening eight stores this year. We’ll open eight next year. It’s a time thing trying to get it worked in with all the rest of them.”

BUD BOWLED

Last week, US Airways let the world know it selected Coke over Pepsi to serve on its flights. Before a merger in September with America West Airlines, Tempe-based US Airways served Coke and America West offered passengers Pepsi.

It was a much quieter decision a couple of months ago when the carrier went with Budweiser over Miller Light. Pre-merger, America West had Bud. Apparently, the bigwigs at the airline didn’t hear the news.

Miller Brewing Co. and its brewmaster were recently named the World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster (large brewing company) at the biannual Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2006. Miller and its subsidiaries walked away with more awards than any other brewer, taking four gold, two silver and three bronze medals as part of the global beer competition held April 14 in Seattle.

BOTTOMS UP

Yikes. Let’s hope this guy is wrong.

Kevin Kerr, commodities expert and frequent contributor to The Daily Reckoning, said several major disruptions are driving us toward the $100 a barrel oil and $5 — or more — for gasoline.

“These skyrocketing prices could be caused by Iran, OPEC, refinery shutdowns, hurricanes, Venezuela, or possibly all of these factors combined,” Kerr said.

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