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Police hired to direct traffic as crowds swarms Bass Pro Shops

HOOKSETT - Managers of the newly-opened Bass Pro Shops store say a fire alarm that forced the store to be emptied, along with with a flow of incoming shoppers combined to create some traffic delays at the store's first weekend day on Saturday.

"We had over 15,000 customers yesterday," said store manager Bob Tope on Sunday. "We had a fire alarm go off in the morning and the store was emptied and those customers stayed to come back in, while others were arriving, and that disrupted the traffic flow."

The store hired Hooksett police officers to work a private detail yesterday afternoon and brought two officers back on Sunday to direct traffic as it enters Commerce Road from Route 3A. The Bass store is in a former Lowe's Home Improvement building, and shares Commerce Road with a Walmart.

Opening of the Hooksett store was long anticipated after construction delays pushed back completion of the building. It is Springfield, Mo. based Bass Pro Shops second store in New England. The Hooksett store opened its doors for the first time last week and Saturday was its first weekend day in business.

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