Bass Pro Shops
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Cabela's 82 stores in the U.S. and Canada are now a part of Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops, after the privately-owned hunting-fishing outfitter closed a roughly $4 billion merger Tuesday.

Bass Pro currently has 95 stores in North America. The deal to acquire rival Cabela’s had been in the works for more than a year.  

Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Antitrust regulators have signed off on Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops’ $4 billion acquisition of fellow hunting-fishing outfitter Cabela’s.

Cabela’s, based in Nebraska, said Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission had ended its investigation into the deal earlier this week.

Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Cabela’s is known for big stores filled with museum-grade taxidermy and shelves piled with hunting and fishing gear. The Cabela’s store in Sidney, Nebraska, sits along Interstate 80 with a giant bull-elk sculpture facing the freeway. Next door is the sprawling company headquarters, complete with a forest-green Cabela’s water tower.

Bass Pro Shops
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Citing highly complementary business philosophies and product offerings, Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops will acquire rival Cabela’s in a deal valued at $5.5 billion.

A joint press release issued Monday says Bass Pro is paying $65.50 per share in cash to attain the Nebraska-based company, a transaction that is expected to close in the first half of 2017. The two brands serving outdoor enthusiasts will operated independently until then.