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There is a good piece from The Atlantic in which the writer talks about visits to Bass Pro Shops in Nashville, described as "the largest Bass Pro Shops in the world, a hunting-, fishing-, and camping-gear store that has been merchandised with Disney-level production values and expanded to encompass a hotel with more than 100 rooms, a wild-game-themed outpost of the Wahlburgers restaurant chain, several enormous lake sturgeon swimming in shallow pools between departments, and at least three live alligators, among other things.

"At 535,000 square feet of retail space, this Bass Pro is almost five times the size of the average Walmart."

The writer, Amanda Mull, makes this sharp observation:

"As I wandered contentedly over the wooden-plank walkways in the Bass Pro’s fake forest, alongside crowds of shoppers with armfuls of soon-to-be purchases, it was hard to ignore one problem that retailers are loath to acknowledge: Going to a store that’s actually good at being a store is all too rare."

You can read the entire story here.