SIDNEY, Neb. (Feb 16, 2012) BUSINESS WIRE — Cabela’s Inc. (NYSE: CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter(R) of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to open three next-generation stores in Louisville, Ky., and two other cities and relocate its Winnipeg, Canada, store in 2013.
Construction is scheduled to begin on next-generation stores in Columbus, Ohio; Grandville, Mich.; and Louisville, Ky., in the summer of 2012. Cabela’s expects to open each location in spring 2013. Ranging from 80,000- to 88,000-s.f., the stores will be built in Cabela’s trademark style with an exterior of log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. Large glass storefronts will allow customers to view much of the stores’ interior as they approach the building.
Cabela’s next-generation layout is designed to maximize product assortment and availability while surrounding customers in the outdoor experience with wildlife and outdoor memorabilia displays. The Columbus, Grandville and Louisville stores will feature a Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop, among other features unique to each location.
“I am excited for the arrival of Cabela’s into the Louisville market and what it means for the resurgence in the economy,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Cabela’s joins other well-known national retailers, such as Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, in demonstrating its confidence in our community, and I am sure they will be very successful here.”
The Louisville store, Cabela’s first in Kentucky, will be 88,000-s.f. and is expected to employ about 200 full- and part-time employees. The facility will be located in the Old Brownsboro Crossing development near the Summit Lifestyle Center along Interstates 265 and 71. That development includes Costco and Lowe’s, as well as restaurants and medical offices.
The 80,000 sq. ft. Columbus store, Cabela’s first in Ohio, is expected to employ up to 175 full- and part-time employees. Most will come from Columbus and the surrounding area. It will be located in the Polaris Centers development at Gemini Parkway and Interstate 71, which includes Costco, Cambria Suites, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hobby Lobby as well as Polaris Business Park and numerous hotels, restaurants and other national retailers.
The 88,000 sq. ft. Grandville store will be Cabela’s second in Michigan, joining the Dundee location. Located on the east end of the Rivertown Mall retail corridor in a new retail center, the store is expected to employee about 200 full- and part-time employees. It also will feature a Boat Shop.
“The loyalty of our online and catalog customers made this happen in all three regions,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring the retail experience to Columbus, Grandville and Louisville, areas where people are passionate about the outdoors and embrace the Cabela’s lifestyle.”
Cabela’s stores showcase thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings. The company is famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.
Cabela’s typically attracts experienced outdoor enthusiasts as employees, who join a family of employees known for their excellent customer service skills and detailed knowledge of outdoor products.
Cabela’s currently operates 34 retail stores in the United States and Canada.
Cabela’s Inc., headquartered in Sidney, Neb., 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(R) 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(R). 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(R) Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB”.