After nearly ten years of study, site shifts, and lease negotiations, Bass Pro has dumped plans to open a store on the waterfront. On July 19, Congressman Brian Higgins issued an ultimatum to Bass Pro giving the retailer two weeks to act on a lease for a Buffalo location. Bass Pro president Jim Hagale notified Congressman Higgins today that it "cannot respond favorably to the lease draft forwarded to us by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation within the fourteen day time period you requested in your letter."
We wish you and the ECHDC every success with the Canal Side project.
- Jim Hagle, Bass Pro Inc. President
Bass Pro was envisioned to anchor the Canal Side project and was expected to be a year round draw to a waterfront that can best be described as desolate and sleepy, particularly