Here’s a news release from Cabela’s, which is planning to open a 70,000-square-foot store near the border next year:
SIDNEY, Neb. (April 2, 2015) – Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE: CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today it is interested in bringing the company’s unique retail experience and legendary customer service to Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Upon receiving final approval and permits from the city of Abbotsford and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Cabela’s could begin construction in 2015, and would anticipate a fall 2016 opening. The proposed store site is located at 1880 McCallum Road in the newly planned McCallum Junction development off Exit 90 of Trans-Canada Highway 1. McCallum Junction Properties Inc. is the developer.
“British Columbia is home to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and offers truly remarkable outdoor opportunities,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “Abbotsford is a great fit for Cabela’s, and we’re excited about the opportunity to join an area with such a wonderful outdoor lifestyle and history.”
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Cabela’s would expect to employ approximately 160 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the store, most of whom would come from Abbotsford and the surrounding area. Upon opening, it would become Cabela’s second location in British Columbia, joining the 50,000-square-foot Nanaimo store opened in 2014.
The 70,000-square-foot store would be built in Cabela’s new-format layout, designed to offer customers an enjoyable, outdoor-like experience with log construction, stonework, wood siding, a large mountain replica, an aquarium and dozens of museum-quality wildlife displays.
In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store would include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Bargain Cave and fudge shop. Additionally, the store’s staff would host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and activities.
Cabela’s Canada was established in 2007 with a store and headquarters for Canadian operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2010, the company opened its current corporate headquarters and call centre in Winnipeg.
Currently, Cabela’s Canada operates seven stores, including locations in Winnipeg; Nanaimo; Barrie, Ontario; Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan; and two in Edmonton, Alberta. The company also has announced plans to open stores in Moncton, New Brunswick, in summer 2015; Calgary, Alberta, in fall 2015; and Ottawa, Ontario, in spring 2016.
About Cabela’s Incorporated
Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.