Bass Pro Construction On Schedule

By Nick Perreault

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM CDT

It may not look calm on the outside, but inside hundreds of contractors are hard at work.

We received a private tour inside the facility by General Manager Jim Goff. Goff says the construction process thus far is right on schedule

"We're in very good shape, Graycore our general contractor as well as all of the sub-contractors have done a phenomenal job," Goff said.

Hundres of contract workers inside the facility are currently working on putting together various shelving units and laying down the first floor.

"The workmanship that is being done here in this area in unbelievable, some of the best in the company," Goff said.

In addition to nailing down the first floor and creating shelving units around the facility, Bass Pro Shop has now begun painting what will soon become the inside of their restaurant.

Goff says the mega store is already creating more interest in fishing and other recreational activities in Central Illinois.

"Everywhere I go, people want to pull me aside and show me the fish that they caught and the deer, it's overwhelming the amount of response that is coming from the community," Goff said.

The general manager believes the process has been both beneficial for the city and company.

"We are very pleased with the corporation of the city of East Peoria, Graycore, and all the sub-contractors. It's amazing that everyone has pulled together," Goff said.

"I think East Peoria is going to be pleased with their new Bass Pro Shops here in East Peoria."

The Bass Pro Shops is set to open September 14th.

The store is currently hosting a Job Fair in East Peoria at the Embassy Suites June 27-29th for hourly staff positions.
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The Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria will host a JOB FAIR June 27 through the 29th at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.
For more information visit bass pro dot com.

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