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Memphis enlivens old dead spots for a mega-makeover

Memphis enlivens old dead spots for a mega-makeover

I woke at 8:30 one Friday morning in a pitch-black hotel room, slipped on a robe, pulled back the curtains between me and my balcony and stepped out for a stunning Memphis view: hundreds of people ambling through the aisles of a Bass Pro Shops store. It wasn't just any Bass Pro Shops outlet. It was the world's largest, and the only one housed in a big, shiny pyramid along the Mississippi River where the floor is packed with things like fishing poles, guns, sunglasses, boats floating in water, fake cypress trees, real alligators, the tallest free-standing elevator in North America and, of course, camouflage for men, women and children of all shapes and sizes. And, literally,...