What happens if Bass Pro buys Cabela’s?

With a possible merger in sight between Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops and Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s, analysts say the acquisition raises natural questions for numerous communities around the country.

A merger, analysts say, would mean positive news for Bass Pro and Springfield, its hometown, with the likelihood of added jobs in the area and the elimination of a direct competitor with a similar business model.

But for Cabela’s base of Sidney, Nebraska — a city of about 6,800 in the western part of the state — the future is more uncertain.

If Bass Pro were to acquire Cabela’s, store closures likely would be considered in some markets, experts say, leading to layoffs in affected areas.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader


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