Black Friday Shopping Bass Pro checkout

Customers at Bass Pro Shops' Denham Springs location check out to take advantage of Black Friday deals on Nov. 24, 2017.

Nearly 20 years ago, the land just south of Interstate-12 at Range Avenue was empty.

The area had no commerce, and it produced minimal property taxes. Denham Springs Councilman Robert Poole described the land as “a pond adjacent to the interstate on wooded property.”

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