Monday's announcement that the merger is closed didn't address how many of the roughly 2,000 Cabela's jobs will remain in Sidney, Nebraska.
The uncertainty about Cabela's future in Sidney has hurt business and slowed down the local real estate market in the town of fewer than 7,000.
As part of the deal, Cabela's credit-card unit was sold to Synovus ( SNV ) bank, which received $75 million to act as a middleman.
Both outdoor companies had humble beginnings that they highlighted in a video about the merger posted for customers Monday.
Bass Pro got its start in 1971 when founder Johnny Morris began selling high-quality fishing tackle in his dad's liquor store in Springfield.
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