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Bass Pro plans Seeburg demolition as hotel opening nears

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Last edited 12:19 p.m., Feb. 21, 2018

Bass Pro Shops yesterday filed for a permit to demolish the Seeburg Service Center next door to its planned Angler’s Inn, which is close to opening.

The permit, which is pending approval, does not list Bass Pro’s planned use for the property after it is torn down. Bass Pro purchased the 607 W. Sunshine St. shop, where the muffler car nicknamed Muffleupagus was a well-known sight to passersby, according to Facebook posts by Seeburg representatives. Seeburg’s last day operating at the center was Feb. 14, and the business moved to its A-1 Custom Car Care shop at 1935 W. Sunset St.

Bass Pro spokesman Jack Wlezien said the Seeburg site would be used for parking. Officials with the hotel project general contractor Nabholz Corp. could not be reached for comment by deadline.

A booking agent for Angler’s Inn said reservations are now being taken for the revamped hotel, 621 W. Sunshine St., with plans to open March 4.

SBJ observed crews this morning working on the site, where they’ve added wood logs to the exterior of the former Days Inn property. Angler’s Inn signage has been installed on the southern and eastern sides of the property. According to Springfield building permits, the estimated cost of the project is $180,000.

Cara Walker of Walker Hospitality Group LLC previously told SBJ Bass Pro bought the company’s Days Inn hotel for undisclosed terms. It’s located across the street from Bass Pro’s flagship store and Wonders of Wildlife.

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