Bass Pro: Doomed in Wichita?

Quietly, Wichita’s chances of landing a Bass Pro Shops store took another hit this week.

Longtime Wichita Realtor Jack Hunt, an avid fisherman who died Tuesday, was attempting to land the outdoors retailer in the weeks and months before his death, according to numerous reports this week. One source characterized the talks as “serious.”

The proposed location was some lakefront property Hunt owns just south of I-235, the site of a mobile home park destroyed by a tornado years ago.

But with Hunt gone and the fate of his real estate company up in the air, it’s unclear where those talks are headed. Bass Pro spokesman Brent Lawrence said the company doesn’t discuss new store deals until they are finalized.

Former Mayor Carlos Mayans reportedly led a city council drive five years ago to slash WaterWalk funding that drove Bass Pro from town. And now, the legendary outdoorsman after Bass Pro has died.

Perhaps Wichita and Bass Pro just weren’t meant to be.