Thursday marked yet another deadline for Bass Pro to commit to moving into The Pyramid.
Bass Pro and city officials appeared to be tying up the last loose ends on the deal. About a year and a half until the proposed open date, Bass Pro and the city of Memphis worked out all the details, but it appears the deal is closer than ever.
City Council member Shea Flinn said, "There's just a real willingness to get it done, they're going to come back with further evidence of that. And I expect a formal signing ceremony sometime in early summer."
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is in Washington D.C. right now, but his office said he's been in communication with Bass Pro leaders via email.
Councilman Flinn said a group of city representatives are at the Bass Pro headquarters right now.
"This is a huge deal, a big business deal involving a lot of money and a lot of different sources. And there's a lot of complexities that have to be tied up."
But despite no signatures on the dotted line just yet, Flinn says he's confident the deal is still moving forward.
"Something like this you can never be 100 percent but I'm about 98 percent sure that it's happening."
Neither Bass Pro nor Mayor Wharton's office had any comment on the deal.
Recently, Bass Pro set a November 2011 open date for its store at The Pyramid.