Best of 2012: Best hunting/fishing/outdoor store

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Best of 2012: Best hunting/fishing/outdoor store nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Bass Pro Shops

6425 Daniel Burnham Dr

Portage, Ind.

219.787.6800

basspro.com

For four decades, Bass Pro Shops has become one of America's premier outdoor retailers with destination outdoor retail stores across America and Canada, serving over 75 million sportsmen a year. Known as the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores," Bass Pro Shops in Portage is open every day of the week with daily activities and workshops, from fly tying to turkey calling. Dine at the World Famous Fishing Company for delicious sandwiches, seafood, and pasta while viewing an immense salt water aquarium that kids and adults will love. The Tracker Boat Center offers a full-service dealership with three bays for service and retail representing five different boat lines.

Jim Osborne, retail sales manager, says Bass Pro's 135,000 sq. ft. of space offers everything, but it's the staff that makes the difference. "We often talk about passion, and our associates have a strong passion for the products they assist our customers with. We educate our customers and get kids involved. We're a museum, we're a collection, and we're a retailer too. We bring the outdoors indoors. We show off our fish from our region in our aquarium, we have skills classes, we're deep into the heritage in each location. We really want people to have a great experience when they come to our store."

SECOND PLACE

Cabela's

7700 Cabela Dr

Hammond, Ind.

219.845.9040

cabelas.com

THIRD PLACE

Blythe's Sports & Gun Shop

138 N Broad St

Griffith, Ind.

219.924.4403

2810 N Calumet

Valparaiso, Ind.

219.476.0026

blythesguns.com

 

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