Amid lawsuit, Bass Pro kicks out vacation rental kiosk company

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– As a lawsuit works its way through the federal court system, Bass Pro Shops announced Friday it will no longer allow Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited to sell vacation packages from kiosks inside its stores.

The Springfield-based outdoor retail giant sued Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited in April, claiming the company engaged in “high pressure salesmanship” and didn’t pay Bass Pro enough in commission.

In a statement emailed to the News-Leader on Friday, Bass Pro said it was ending its relationship with the vacation company.

“A positive customer experience is paramount to Bass Pro’s mission,” the statement said. “Bass Pro does not tolerate high-pressure or offensive salesmanship in its stores.  One of our partners, Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, Inc. (Bluegreen), has not lived up to its contractual obligations on this important point. Due to this issue and other defaults, Bass Pro has terminated its marketing relationship with Bluegreen in accordance with the parties’ contract. As of Saturday, May 25, 2019, Bluegreen will no longer be permitted to market vacation ownership interests in Bass Pro stores.”

Bass Pro said it would not comment further since the litigation is pending.

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