Grand Prairie’s SH 161 is getting a Bass Pro Shops and Andretti Indoor Karting

Grand Prairie just added a few more to their collection of reasons to visit with Bass Pro Shops and Andretti Indoor Karting.

Bass Pro and Andretti will be built on the east side of State Highway 161 south of Ikea and north of I-20.

Both are desirable retail and entertainment businesses that will bring jobs and visitors to the southern Dallas County city, which has spent the past decade creating a tourist destination along newly constructed State Highway 161. Last year, the North Texas Tollway Authority widened the road from four to six lanes.

New retail outlets, restaurants and hotels have been built and continue to be added around the city’s ambitious Epic Park and Recreation area.

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A new design concept, the 100,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops are the Missouri-based Dallas-Fort Worth retailer’s fifth. It will open south of Ikea in spring 2024.

Ikea was the first big catch for Grand Prairie’s new retail and entertainment corridor, helping to make the region a credible destination for others by the time it opened in 2017.

The Ikea store is located at the intersection of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road in Grand Prairie.
The Ikea store is located at the intersection of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road in Grand Prairie.(Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)
Retail stores were built near IKEA on Monday in 2019.
Retail stores were built near IKEA on Monday in 2019. (Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)

Andretti is located on the northeast corner of SH 161 and Forum Drive. The 96,000 square foot facility will showcase their latest concept for an indoor air-conditioned kart track, arcade, virtual reality gaming, laser tag and duckpin bowling. It will open at the end of 2023.

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“These two mega-attractions are a perfect blend with Grand Prarie’s robust offering of high-performing retail, entertainment and tourist attractions,” said Mayor Ron Jenson. “This SH 161 corridor in Grand Prairie is groundbreaking.”

Jenson and the City Council “think like entrepreneurs and are willing to push the envelope,” said Marty Wieder, director of economic development for the city of Grand Prairie. “We’re having fun. We’re right in the middle of 8 million people.”

More and more local residents are discovering that “they can get here quickly; we’re not far from them,” he said. Many North Dallas residents regularly play pickleball at Chicken N Pickle, which opened late last year.

Opening soon, Bolder Adventure Park is located in the city’s 172-acre Epic Arts, Fitness and Entertainment Center. Five new restaurants are slated to open from October through early 2023, including Chili’s founder Larry Lavine’s Loop 9 BBQ, Wieder said.

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Other large projects in the works include two hotels, a 129-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 147-room Home Suites, both attached to a 13,000-square-foot convention center. A Marriott Courtyard opened a year ago.

Wieder said the city is preparing to host future major games at the new USA Cricket Stadium due to be completed next year.

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