Bass Pro Shops to Open Irvine Location

By Jill McLaughlin
Jill McLaughlin
Jill McLaughlin
April 29, 2022 Updated: May 2, 2022

IRVINE, Calif.—Bass Pro Shops plans to open a new superstore location in Irvine in late 2022 or early 2023, the company announced April 29.

This will be the company’s second outlet in Orange County. A Rancho Cucamonga location opened in 2007.

Irvine City Councilwoman Tammy Kim lauded the announcement.

“Irvine! We will soon have a Bass Pro Shop [sic] right in our city for all our outdoor enthusiasts!” Kim wrote on Twitter after the announcement.

The new 14,000 square-foot store is planned for the Alton Marketplace near the junction of interstates 5 and 405.

“We are tremendously excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Irvine Company to bring our next generation Outdoor World store to Irvine,” Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, said in a news release.

In addition to fishing and hunting gear, clothing, and outdoor adventure equipment, the store will also offer boats and off-road vehicles.

Shoppers will also be able to find the latest gear and equipment for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and camping.

The store will also have a nature center.

“In addition to providing customers with the outdoor products they love, the store will offer an immersive experience hand-crafted by a team of talented artists and craftsmen,” the company’s statement read.

Bass Pro Shops is well known for its elaborate aquariums and water features stocked with nature fish, local antiques and artifacts, hundreds of trophy fish, and wildlife dioramas.

Hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities for children will also be available, according to the company.

Bass Pro Shops first opened a tiny store in Springfield, Missouri, 50 years ago. Now, about 200 million shoppers visit Bass Pro Shops’ or Cabela’s—whose parent company is Bass Pro Shops—170 locations in the U.S. and Canada each year, the company estimates.