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300 jobs to come to Columbia County with new Bass Pro Shops

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EVANS, GA (WFXG) -

UPDATE: Columbia County went fishing for business and hooked a big one.

Commissioners announced the much anticipated Bass Pro Shops in Augusta, on Wednesday afternoon, which will be the chain's 4th Georgia store.

"It means a lot to Columbia County," said Ron Cross, Columbia County commission chairman. "We've been chasing this dream for a better part of 8 years."

The store will be on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Flowing Wells Road.

It will also be an outpost store, covering 50,000 square feet.

"Bass Pro Shops is not only a retailer, we're one that becomes a good neighbor," said Rob Keck, Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops. "We put a lot back into local community. We're a good partner. Everybody's going to win with the store opening here in Columbia County."

Some of those winnings include 300 new jobs and could potentially generate up to $50 million a year.

Stats that some Columbia County residents said they are thrilled to hear.

"I was ecstatic," said Will Wheeler, who lives in Columbia County. "I kept hearing the rumors for years and years about Bass Pro Shops, so I kind of knew it was coming in advance, but today, making it official, makes it all the more exciting."

UPDATE: Officials announced a Bass Pro Shop will be coming to Columbia County. The announcement came with cheers from the crowd in attendance at the Evans Auditorium Wednesday.

Officials say the facility will be located on McKnight Boulevard off of I-20. They hope to begins construction as soon as possible and open the store in Fall 2014 or early 2015.

Nearly 250 to 300 jobs will be created by the opening.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WFXG has be notified about a "big announcement" in Columbia County today. According to the County Administrator's Office, the announcement will happen at 1pm at the Evans Auditorium.

No details have been released about that announcement. WFXG has a crew there now and will update you as soon as we find out what the announcement is all about.

 

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