The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Store at 7905 South Hosmer Street in Tacoma opened for business in October and its pretty great! It is huge (142,000 square feet) and full of camping, hunting and fishing merchandise. And there are some surprises including a restaurant with a full bar, a bowling alley with shark ball returns and bowling balls that look like eyes, a 12,000 gallon aquarium stocked with local fish (plenty of salmon), a boat showroom, stuffed wildlife exhibits, a lovely entry with a large fireplace and a holiday area that will soon house Santa. And outside in the parking lot there is a fire-tower. Apparently there are many Pro Bass Stores in other parts of the country, but this is the first one in Washington or Oregon.
On 8/16/2010 I stopped at the Proctor Safeway on the way home from a meeting. The store has recently had a complete renovation and is now one of the nicest grocery stores in town. No doubt the renovation was at least partially inspired by the neighboring Metropolitan Market. The good points are nice employees, great produce & selection of products, a lovely store and an inside/outside fireplace. The downsides are the parking, which is somewhat limited (especially during busy times) and the store isn’t very large.