In a Decatur Daily article today, Bass Pro Shops confirmed that they are still planning a store in southern Limestone County, and are planning a September groundbreaking. The store is now expected to open next summer, if all goes well. However, the store does depend on the developer (Genesis USA) and the city of Decatur to negotiate financing for road improvements around the project. Bass Pro wants a traffic light on Alabama 20 to help traffic enter and exit the megastore safely onto the dangerous highway (BAD IDEA- ALDOT still hasn't learned its lesson on putting traffic lights at the end of an interstate, e.g. Moores Mill Road; an interchange would be the only safe and efficient solution).
There has been some doubt recently on the stability of the development because the hotel developer, John Q. Hammons, pulled out of the project. Developers claim that they are in negotiations with several hotel developers to replace Hammons, who also developed the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Huntsville.