Aaron Schock Visits Bass Pro Shops

By WEEK Reporter

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM CDT

The countdown is on to the opening of one of the biggest economic boosts in the area in the last two years: The Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria.

The doors will open in about two and half weeks and Friday, WEEK and WHOI got an up close look at some of the unique appeal of this massive set of stores.

Of course, you can find a multitude of outdoor equipment, from canoes, to clothes, and fishing poles.

There's a restaurant and an eye catching bowling alley as well as a giant fish tank.

Bass Pro Shops will employ around 350 people; two-thirds of them are full time.

"We have people come get married in our stores. We have boy scouts camp out in our stores," said Katie Mitchell of Bass Pro Shops Communications. It's a place built for that community and we're very much a part of that community."

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock toured the Bass Pro Shops Friday.

We talked to him about job creation here and in Washington.

He says the House of Representatives has passed more than 200 pieces of legislation that continue to get stalled in the Senate.

"The Senate has had very little action. And so the House is going to try to get some action taken," said Schock. "We are looking forward to the president's address after Labor Day. But at the end of the day we don't need more speeches. We need action and that's exactly what the House of Representatives has been doing."

Bass Pro Shops opens at 6pm on September 21.

The event is free and Nascar drivers Tony Stewart, Tim McMurray, and Austin Dillon and Cub's Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will be there signing autographs.

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