The Disneyland of Sporting Goods Stores: Bass Pro Shops’ Construction is Underway in Irvine

Construction fence in front of a building under construction. The sign on the fence reads Bass Pro Shops

As a seasoned real estate agent in Irvine, I’ve witnessed our city’s dynamic evolution and growth firsthand. Today, I’m thrilled to share the latest development that’s creating a buzz in our community: the construction of Bass Pro Shops right here in Irvine! Construction crews have been hard at work converting the old Walmart box store location in the Alton Marketplace into a gigantic cabin-like structure for the 51 year old company.


Why This is Big News for Irvine Homeowners and Buyers:

Bass Pro Shops, often referred to as the “Disneyland of sporting goods stores,” is more than just a retail establishment. It’s an experience. Much like how Walt Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry with his visionary ideas, Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, transformed the outdoor retail landscape. Morris envisioned a place where outdoor enthusiasts could not only shop but immerse themselves in the wilderness spirit. The result? A store where you can find top-notch gear for all your adventures, coupled with immersive in-store displays, such as vast aquariums filled with local fish species. This development is set to make Irvine an even more attractive destination for both residents and potential homeowners. Furthermore, Bass Pro Shops’ reputation as an employer and a conservation leader is noteworthy. In 2015, Forbes Magazine named Bass Pro one of America’s Best Employers, underscoring the company’s commitment to its workforce and the communities it serves. Beyond retail, Bass Pro Shops has been at the forefront of conservation efforts, partnering with local and national organizations to ensure the preservation of our natural habitats and wildlife.


Boosting Local Real Estate Value:

The arrival of such a prominent brand in our city signifies Irvine’s growth and appeal. For homeowners, this translates to a potential appreciation in property values, especially in areas surrounding the store. For potential buyers, the presence of Bass Pro Shops adds another layer to Irvine’s rich tapestry of amenities.


Location, Location, Location:

Situated strategically, the upcoming Bass Pro Shops will be in proximity to some of Irvine’s best outdoor recreation areas and destinations. Whether you’re an angler looking to fish in the serene waters of Irvine Lake or a hiker eager to explore the trails of Bommer Canyon, the store’s location is ideal. Additionally, its central location in Southern California means easy access to regional attractions like the Cleveland National Forest, the Pacific coastline for deep-sea fishing, and the vast deserts for off-roading adventures. This synergy between the store and both local and regional outdoor attractions can lead to a more vibrant local economy, benefiting homeowners and businesses alike.


Bottom Line:

As we eagerly await the grand opening of Bass Pro Shops in Irvine, the opportunities and experiences it promises to bring to our community are undeniable. Whether you’re a current homeowner or considering investing in Irvine’s real estate, this development is a testament to our city’s upward trajectory.

White truck in front of a construction site for Bass Pro in Irvine

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Richard Wamsat
Richard Wamsat is an author, a deep thinker, and master of home sales. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Brandy and a fluffy white dog named Murphy. His knowledge of real estate spans two decades having purchased his first home at the age of 19. He has worked in both Northern California and Southern California markets and has fought with banks to save client's homes or get relief from underwater mortgages during the Great Recession. Richard is a licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - CalRE#01345167. He has earned the designation of Master Certified Negotiation Expert from The Real Estate Negotiation Institute, a member of the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Connect with Richard on Twitter @rwamsat, or on his website