Bass Pro Shops Grand Opening

Shoppers hooked on Bass Pro Shops

New store reels in lovers of the great outdoors


NOV 16, 2023



Staff photo / R. Michael Semple Jim Gintner of Howland, along with Vivi, 4, and Brennan, 6, try on some Bass Pro Shops hats Wednesday during the grand opening of the new store in Niles.


NILES — Bass Pro Shops officially opened its doors at the Eastwood Mall Complex after a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by hundreds of customers Wednesday.

The grand opening gave lovers of the outdoors a chance to take advantage of deals on merchandise, with early Black Friday bargains and giveaways.

The ceremony, titled the “Evening for Conservation,” culminated with a percentage of proceeds on sales going toward local conservation efforts.

“This evening for conservation is a big deal,” Jimmy Houston, hall of fame angler and television host, said. “It’s a tremendous thing because the money raised here tonight will stay right here in this area.”

While initial plans were for 10% of every dollar spent during the evening to go toward local conservation efforts, Houston announced that Bass Pro officials were raising the donation to 20%.

Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, said he hoped the store would be embraced by residents of the Mahoning Valley.

“When you go into the shop, we hope you’re very proud,” Morris said.

“I walked in here a couple of weeks ago, I’m so proud. I just want to say thank you to every craftsman and woman, every artist, every talented person who worked on this. They worked hard to make this store your store, and it’s very unique to this region.”

According to a news release, Bass Pro Shops has a history of conservation support throughout Ohio, including work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.

The release said that in the past three years alone the company has granted over $100,000 to local organizations and conservation projects through the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund.

The Niles location is the seventh in Ohio, and the only location within 150 miles of the Mahoning Valley.

Bruce Miller, general manager of the Niles location, said he is thrilled to see Bass Pro’s entry into Trumbull County.

Miller said the store will provide outdoorsmen with all of the products and equipment that they might need.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” he said. “I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and to bring this legendary brand back here and just to represent Johnny Morris and everything that he has built with this brand is absolutely incredible. We’ve got hunting, fishing, camping, clothing, anything that you can imagine to get you to the outdoors and enjoying the natural resources that we have in this area.”

The 93,000-square-foot store features a 5,000-gallon trough aquarium with 70 native fish. The store is filled with antique artifacts displayed along the walls, next to hand-painted murals celebrating Ohio farmlands and local hunting and fishing scenery, according to the news release. There also are several North American big game mounts and taxidermized wildlife dioramas lining the walls.

Anthony Cafaro Jr., co-president of the Cafaro Company, said the store will draw shoppers from across the state to the Eastwood complex.

“We’re thrilled to have Bass Pro Shops here at the Eastwood Mall complex,” he said. “This is the jewel of the Mahoning Valley, just having a destination retailer that is not just going to pull people from the local community, but from the region, it’s just outstanding.”

Product giveaways will be available over the five-day grand opening event. The store will be open for regular business hours the rest of the week.


Bass Pro Shops part of Ohio’s Eastwood Mall Growth Spurt



Bass Pro Shop joins in the regeneration of Ohio’s Eastwood Mall

Al Urbanski

Real Estate Editor & Manager – Chain Store Age


Over the past two years, Eastwood Mall outside of Youngstown, Ohio, has executed leases with a bevy of new restaurants and landed a Meijer superstore. This week it hauled in Bass Pro Shops Outpost.

“Shaking hands with [Bass Pro Shops founder] Johnny Morris to bring one of his amazing retail stores here is a crown jewel addition to this complex and the entire region,” said Anthony Cafaro Jr., co-president of Cafaro Properties.

Eastwood is Cafaro’s largest property, encompassing 1.7 million sq. ft. of enclosed mall and 1.4 million sq. ft. of power center space.

The 63,000-sq.-ft. Bass Pro Outpost will be located in the Howland Commons section of the complex, across from the soon-to-be opened Meijer and Home Goods stores. It is expected to be open and running in early 2024.

Outposts carry less theming and merchandise than Bass Outdoor World stores, which run as large as 500,000 sq. ft. It will be Bass Pro’s seventh location in Ohio, but the first in the Mahoning Valley that has a population of 540,000 people—a large percentage of which commutes to work in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

“This part of the world is home to a proud sporting heritage,” said Morris, who began selling fishing tackle out of his father’s liquor store in 1972  and has since grown it into a 177-store chain. “Our latest Bass Pro Shop in Ohio will make it easy for people and families to enjoy time together in the woods and on the water.  For that we, we are deep down proud and excited.”

Over the last 24 months, Cafaro has also embarked on a wide expansion of Eastwood’s food and beverage options. They will number more than 30 when a new spate of restaurants open, many of them fast casual and sit-down establishments such as Longhorn Steakhouse and Mission BBQ.


Bass Pro Shops Coming to Eastwood Mall Complex



February 15, 2023






Joe Bell                                                           Hannah DeBow

Director of Corporate Communications           Marketing Director

Cafaro Company                                             Eastwood Mall Complex                              

330-743-7688                                                330-652-6980 ext. 102

724-730-4532 (Mobile)


Nation’s Top Hunting & Fishing Retailer Sets Sight on Mahoning Valley:

Bass Pro Shops Coming To Eastwood Mall Complex


Eastwood Mall Complex’s growth spurt continues!  An exciting destination for outdoors enthusiasts will soon call the Eastwood Mall Complex home.  Bass Pro Shops Outpost is planning to welcome customers to a 63,000 square foot location in the Howland Commons section of the complex just across the parking lot from a soon to be opened HomeGoods and Meijer.  Bass Pro Shops Outpost is set to open within the next twelve months.  The Eastwood Mall Complex location will be Bass Pro Shops’ only location within 150 miles of the Mahoning Valley.  It will offer the region’s most comprehensive selection of premium outdoor fishing and hunting gear, with great low prices and friendly, expert service.

The store will showcase industry-leading fishing boats, with popular names like Tracker, Nitro, Sun Tracker, Regency and Tahoe.  Built by Bass Pro’s White River Marine Group, the inventory will be tailored to the needs of anglers in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  Bass Pro Shops is poised to become Trumbull County’s top tourism destination. In communities across the country where Bass Pro Shops has opened, its stores serve as a major economic driver attracting millions of visitors annually seeking its one-of-a-kind experiential retail offerings.  To read more about Bass Pro’s plans for the Eastwood Mall location, click this link:

Bass Pro Shops started in 1972 when Johnny Morris started selling fishing tackle out of his dad’s Brown Derby Liquor Store in Springfield, Missouri. Today the company operates 177 locations, including many Cabela’s store, which Bass Pro acquired in 2017.

The addition of Bass Pro Shops Outpost is just the latest exciting addition to a rapidly growing roster of businesses at the Eastwood Mall Complex, which has become the most dynamic retail and entertainment focal point in the region.  No other destination in the Valley has experienced such growth and investment over the past 24 months. Already in 2023, Eastwood has announced the pending opening of anew Meijer superstore and fueling station, HomeGoods, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mudslingers Coffee, Mission BBQ, Nrgize Lifestyle Café, JD Sports, Daily Thread, Box Lunch, McAlister’s Deli and Flynn Tire & Auto Service, with even more stores and restaurants in the planning stage.

The Eastwood Mall Complex is located at 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, in Niles, Ohio.  It is one of America’s largest shopping centers and attracts more than 13.5 million visitors annually with more than 200 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment options including Eastwood Field, home of The Mahoning Valley Scrapper’s – a MLB Draft League affiliate.  The Eastwood Mall Complex is locally owned and managed by the Cafaro Family having their corporate headquarters at the mall in Niles. For more information, visit online at: and