Crow's speciality is fly fishing. He pointed to Evening Sun Fly Shop in Pepperell, Mass., and Stone River Outfitters in Bedford that have survived through specialty knowledge and sales.
The arrival of Bass Pro comes as local fishing related shops have been struggling.
"I don't know that you'd recognize it," Pope said of the building, which was formerly a Lowe's. "It has the same exterior walls."
"They're like a dying breed, and I hope they'll hang in there," Crow said. "I hope a rising tide floats all the boats, but usually there's one boat that ends up floating and the rest are submarines."
who has been a fishing guide and owner of a fly fishing school for 11 years since retiring as a computer marketer. As in other fields, he said that the Internet and big box stories have been a problem for local stores.
On opening day, for example, it will donate 50 percent of sales at the Hooksett store to conservation groups, such as New Hampshire Wildlife Soccer Boots For Men
Bob Pope, general manager of the Hooksett store, which will open Feb. 19, declined to give sales figures for the private company, but said it was a "fair estimate" that half the store's business would come from areas other than fishing, hunting and boating.
New Hampshire Fish Game has been trying to reverse the trend, appealing to non traditional audiences with programs like Becoming an Ourdoorswoman, "a chance for women to learn outdoor skills they can use to enjoy fishing, hunting and many other outdoor pursuits."
The number of fishing licenses sold in New Hampshire peaked in the late 1990s around 162,000 and has fallen to below 140,000 since then. Many factors are cited, including competition from other types of entertainment, increased urbanization of the state, and constraints such as health warnings not to eat too many fish caught in New Hampshire because they contain mercury deposited by pollution from coal burning power plants.
But the issue isn't limited to New Hampshire: Fishing has been on a slow decline around the country for many years. The decline has not been as sharp as the decline in hunting, but it is noticeable.
"It's like pharmacies. How many local corner druggists are there any more?" said Gerry Crow, of Hollis, Nike Soccer Cleats New
This helps explain why Bass Pro Shops has developed large stores 130,000 square feet in Hooksett with touches like state specific murals and tin ceilings, to broaden its appeal. Pope estimated that 1 million people would visit the store within its first year.
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Sales of fishing licenses have been slowly declining in New Hampshire for years, so why is Bass Pro Shops opening a huge store in Southern New Hampshire that is built around a 13,000 gallon tank stocked with 150 native fish?
Outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops to open first NH store
"In many markets that we've gone into, we've seen a lot of growth by targeting kids and women with programs," Pope said. "We feel like we already have the guys."
license plates even though fewer people are hunters: The appeal of the state's outdoors is broadening, even as its audience changes.
Although it began as a specialty Midwest fishing tackle shop 43 years ago, these days Bass Pro, one Nike Soccer Boots Latest of the nation's biggest fishing related retailers, also sells camping gear, shoes, home decor, food, and clothing with its own logo and "active brands" that are associated with sports and the outdoors the sort of products right in line with the state's tourism marketing, replete with mountains and lakes. Bean and Eastern Mountain Sports. The Hooksett store will be the company's first in New Hampshire. The closest is in Foxborough, Mass.
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