Pending a vote on legislation before a committee of the Georgia General Assembly, Cabela's plans to open an approximately 165,000 square-foot retail showroom that could be completed as early as fall 2007 in Adairsville, Georgia. The store would be Cabela's first in Georgia and its first in the Southeast.

The new retail store would be located on approximately 40 acres of a 400-acre development near I-75 and Georgia Highway 140 at the Union Grove Interchange in Adairsville.

“I am excited to announce we are so close to building this new store in Adairsville,” said Dennis Highby, Cabela's President and Chief Executive Officer. “Georgia has been a great supporter of Cabela's for many years through our catalogs and Internet site, and we look forward to bringing the unique Cabela's retail store experience to the hundreds of thousands of outdoorsmen and women in the region who, like us, are passionate about the outdoors.”

The Adairsville Cabela's would be a high-volume, large-format Tier 1 store, built in Cabela's trademark style that evokes the feeling of the outdoors.

“To outdoor enthusiasts like myself, Cabela's is a household name,” said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. “Cabela's retail stores attract shoppers from all across the nation, with an economic impact through tourism as well as business investment and job creation. We're pleased that Georgia is the company's top choice for its first retail store in the Southeast.”

To operate this new store, Cabela's expects to employ 300 to 350 people from the surrounding area. They will join the Cabela's family of employees who are famous for delivering excellent customer service, living the outdoor lifestyle and possessing an extensive knowledge of the outdoors and outdoor gear. Product offerings will include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and other outdoor gear, as well as outdoor clothing and outdoors-styled gifts and furnishings.

“We'd like to welcome Cabela's to Bartow County and the city of Adairsville. This company will be a great asset to the community and Georgia,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Clarence Brown and Adairsville Mayor Doyle Penson. “Our thanks go out to everyone at Cabela's, the property owners, the Bartow legislative delegation, City of Adairsville officials, Orlando Wilson, the State, and our local economic development team for all the hard work that has gone into this project.”

Cabela's currently has 14 retail locations nationwide. The newest, in Rogers, Minn., opened Oct. 14, 2005. Cabela's also has announced plans to open stores in Boise, Idaho; La Vista, Neb.; Glendale, Ariz.; Richfield, Wis.; and Hazelwood, Mo., in 2006; and Gonzales, La.; Reno, Nev.; Wheat Ridge, Colo.; East Rutherford, N.J.; East Hartford, Conn.; Hoffman Estates, Ill., in 2007; and Montreal in late 2007 or early 2008.