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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bass Pro Shops has to fill 600 job openings before the store opens May 1st.

Monday, people from all over the MidSouth flooded the Cook Convention Center to apply for those jobs.

The job fair got started early because so many people showed up, a telling sign that people are desperate for work.

Stacy Scaggs drove up from Hernando for the job fair.

She was surprised by how many people had the same idea.

“It’s a lot. It’s a lot! I mean, people needs jobs!” Scaggs said.

Scaggs and her daughter are both hoping to land jobs in the restaurant at the new Bass Pro Shops Pyramid store.

Hundreds of people navigated through the convention center filling out paperwork and standing in long lines.

David Hagel was just named manager of the store.

He said the long lines are a good thing.

“We’ve got a lot of jobs to fill!” Hagel said.

Hagel expects they have a position for just about any skill set between the store, the hotel, the restaurant and the bowling alley

Dennis Westbrook hopes to get hired, “I’m interested in the bowling technician job.”

He enjoys bowling, and said a steady position at the pyramid can help fund his dreams.

Westbrook went on to say, “With the bowling lane job I can save up for school. Southwest or the University of Memphis. ”

The Bass Pro Shops store has been years in the making.

They’ve missed deadlines and pushed back the opening date several times.

Now, the company is promising a May grand opening, and the pressure is on to staff the store.

They say qualified applicants can expect to hear back from them.

“Very soon,” Hagel explained, “We have to fill this place. We are opening in a couple months, and it has to happen now!”

The job fair continues Tuesday and Wednesday with doors opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

The following is from a Bass Pro Shops news release:

Applications will be accepted for full-time and part-time positions in the following departments: fishing, camping, hunting, archery, footwear, apparel/gifts, marine accessories, receiving and customer service. Bass Pro Shops will also employ cashiers, greeters, stockers, marine technicians, boat riggers, boat detailers and boat sales consultants.

In addition, restaurant positions are open for servers, hosts/hostesses, bussers, bartenders, dishwashers, line cooks and prep for the two full-service restaurants and bars located inside the Pyramid. Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill will also hire bowling technicians.

Big Cypress Lodge hotel positions available include concierge, houseman, front desk, night audit, bell service, massage therapist, esthetician and valet attendants.

Associate benefits provided include excellent wage potential, flexible morning and evening schedules, holiday and vacation pay, and associate discounts at Bass Pro Shops. Medical insurance is available for eligible, full-time associates.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is set to open in spring 2015 as one of the most dynamic, immersive retail experiences in the world. In addition to vast assortments of outdoor gear, the new megastore will include the Big Cypress Lodge grand hotel; 600,000 gallons of water features; a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees; an interactive National Waterfowling Heritage Center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited; and a breathtaking glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid.

For more information about the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid job fair, visit

Bass Pro Shops is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.