Bass Pro Names Manager at new Memphis Pyramid Megastore

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — David Hagel has been named store manager for the new Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid store, which opens May 1 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Hagel has been the store manager for the Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Warehouse store located on Macon Road in Memphis for the past 12 years.  

“Growing up in this area, I know that residents and visitors alike have dreamed of standing at the top of the Memphis Pyramid,” said Hagel.  “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the team making this dream come true.”

Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, has said the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid store is “one of the most dynamic, immersive retail destination stores in the world.”  At 535,000 square feet, it will be one of the largest retail stores in the world under one roof, and one of the company’s largest investments to date.  

New Pyramid Manager David Hagel
New Pyramid Manager David Hagel

In addition to vast assortments of outdoor gear, the new mega store will feature many diverse, unique features including an interactive national Waterfowling Heritage Center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited; the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill; Big Cypress Lodge—a 100-room grand hotel; 600,000 gallons of water features; a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees; and the largest free-standing elevator in America—25 stories and open all four sides. 

“For the first time, the public will be able to travel up 300 feet to the apex of the Pyramid, stand on cantilevering glass-floored outdoor observation decks, and take in sprawling riverfront views,” said Hagel.  “It’s the little things done right that add up to big rewards and excitement.”

Hagel went on to say that the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid store will offer fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and hunting gear, and the largest assortment of waterfowl and related hunting equipment ever assembled.

“It makes sense for waterfowling to play a huge role in our store’s features since we’re situated on the Mississippi Flyway,” said Hagel.   He noted that the Waterfowling Heritage Center will be an interactive wetlands and waterfowl education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation.

A local native, Hagel enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and hunting, fishing, golfing, and boating.  He has a passion for the outdoors that he wants to share with Bass Pro Shops visitors and customers.

“I am looking forward to helping area youth and adults get involved in outdoor activities that will help educate and create a lasting foundation that in turn can be passed on to generations to come,” he said.

The store will offer free outdoor skills workshops throughout the year for adults, kids and families that will help maximize outdoor fun by teaching new skills and improving existing ones.

“Customers come to Bass Pro Shops for the best of everything—product selection, prices, world class customer service and the experiential element our stores offer.”  

Nationally, Bass Pro Shops will host more than 120 million people visiting their 90 stores and marine centers across America and Canada this year.  The average customer stays 2 ½ hours and drives an average distance of 50+ miles.  Bass Pro Shops was named by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands in America along with name brands such as Old Spice, M&M’s, iPad and Droid.  Also, Bass Pro Shops has been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts.

“Bass Pro Shops is the leader in the retail outdoor recreation industry, but, in addition, we work closely with our conservation partners to help protect and promote those outdoors resources,” said Hagel.

Since the beginning, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has been dedicated to inspiring people, especially youth and families, to love, enjoy and conserve the great outdoors. That commitment, demonstrated over the course of several decades, is a big reason why Bass Pro Shops is known as the outdoor industry’s corporate conservation leader. Bass Pro Shops has partnered with and supports the efforts of many organizations that work to conserve and manage the nation’s natural resources. The company’s key conservation initiatives include fish and wildlife habitat improvements, conservation and outdoor skills education, improving water quality and quality of our lakes and springs, and conservation advocacy.

A special Evening for Conservation event to help benefit area conservation groups will take place the night before the official grand opening.  This event demonstrates Bass Pro Shops dedication to conservation and exhibits will highlight the important work conducted by local conservation groups.  For every dollar spent during the Evening for Conservation, 50 cents will be donated to a designated group.  In addition, the event will feature celebrities, entertainment and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The event is free and open to the public. Information regarding the Evening for Conservation will be available at a later date.

A job fair will be held in February where applications and on-site interviews will be available for individuals who are interested in working at the new mega outdoors store.  Hagel will lead a team of approximately 600-plus associates from the area who promote the outdoor lifestyle and live it as well.

“We will work hard to hire individuals who have a great knowledge of the area, and a love of the outdoors, so our customers will be able to get everything they need for their outdoor experience,” said Hagel.  “All departments will have individuals with years of experience in their field standing ready to help our customers when they walk through those front doors.”

“I’m proud of the city of Memphis, the people, and the history,” said Hagel.  “In addition, I’m proud to be part of a company that allows us to be part of so many community efforts, store events, local conservation projects, and national initiatives. I’m very much looking forward to working with both of these elements–I believe we’ll create such a sensation that people will come from not just this area, but across the country to experience.”

Editors Note: You can view current job openings at the Pyramid store here. Bass Pro says they're looking to fill some 600 hourly positions at the store, and they are currently finalizing details on the job fair location, date and time.