Moving Dirt, Running and Walking, and Merging in Pearl – News at 11:00!

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2016

In times gone by, this type of cryptic message was prevalent in new bureaus as a teaser to learn more about a topic, but we don’t think anyone needs a teaser to learn more about what is happening at The Connection in Pearl!

Let’s talk about that dirt.  As you make the turn from Highway 80 onto Bass Pro Drive you may have seen trucks filled with dirt dropping their loads onto the land where Cavender’s is anticipating to open soon! Surveyors, CAT spreaders, underground pipes, water trucks, construction trailers and “tamping machines” (for lack a of a better description, these devices pack the dirt) have all been spied at the site.  Founded in 1965 by James Cavender in Pittsburg, TX, Cavender’s is a retail chain providing a variety of western wear. Corporate offices are now located in Tyler, TX. This family business is known nationwide for its western wear including cowboy boots, western clothing for men, women and children, along with accessories, western hats and gifts. Cavender’s carries brand names such as Ariat, Rafter C, Miss Me Jeans, Corral, Lucchese and Tony Lama Boots, and Wrangler, to name just a few. More information on Cavender’s can be found at  Right now, Cavender’s is expected to open its doors in early 2017.  Check back here for additional developments.

Now, on to running and walking!  The Outlets of Mississippi will witness two events in October of note.  On Saturday, October 8th the 4th Annual Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk 5K + Kids Fun Run will take place at Trustmark Park and the runners will wind their way through the Outlet Center.  Looping through the Outlet Center not once, but twice, this race will be flat and fast!  Spread the word in Central Mississippi to all runners/joggers/walkers! Register now at!

On Saturday, October 15th, Trustmark Park and the Outlets of Mississippi will host the the annual Walk to Defeat ALS®, with registration at 9:00am and the Walk starting at 10:00am.  This race will loop through the Outlet Center entering at adidas and Reebok and exiting the midway between Michael Kors and Coach.  ALS is a disease that robs people of their ability to walk, talk, and eventually breathe, most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Worst of all, there is no cure. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, so register now, strap your sneakers on and Walk to Defeat ALS®!. Go to for more details.

Bass Pro Shops recently announced that they will merge with Cabelas!  From their press release issued on October 3rd, they said “It is with tremendous pride that we share with you the great news that Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have agreed to combine our iconic brands to create a truly premier retailer in outdoor sporting goods. This merger of resources, experience and passion for the outdoors represents a unique opportunity for both companies and our people to create the best-of-the-best shopping experience for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide for generations to come. Under this agreement our company will remain private with a long-term view to do what is best for our people, our customers and to maintain our steadfast support for conservation.” Congratulations go out to everyone at Bass Pro Shops!