Bass Pro Shops has been granted a permit to begin building a store, similar to the one above, which will be an anchor tenant for the planned Copper Ridge retail development near Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25.

Bass Pro Shops is moving forward with construction plans for a 117,000-square-foot store near Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25.

This week, the massive outdoor-gear retailer was granted a construction permit from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department for $8.3 million of work.

And, the $8.3 million only covers construction of the foundation, said developer Gary Erickson, who lured Bass Pro to be an anchor tenant for his planned 200-acre Copper Ridge mall development.

Bass Pro Shops typically feature indoor waterfalls and running creeks. This store is expected to house a bowling alley and restaurant called The Fish Bowl. The Bass shops themselves tend to be tourist attractions, drawing visitors from as far as 200 miles, said Bass spokeswoman Katie Mitchell.

Erickson said Bass Pro expects to open for business in July 2013 and is in negotiations with about a dozen other retailers and restaurants.

He expects to make announcements with a few months about other businesses that have signed on to Copper Ridge.

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There is also a hotel and indoor water park planned for the spot. Erickson said he wasn’t ready to reveal the hotel developer’s name yet, but that the developer is buying more acreage to increase the size of his development.

“He’s doubling the acreage from 7.5 acres to 15 acres,” he  said. “I don’t know what the room-count is for that space yet.”

He said the developer is working with architects now.

“We’re hoping the hotel will be ready to open six to nine months after Bass Pro,” Erickson said.