Cabela's Incorporated has reached an agreement to build one of its destination superstores near the junction of I-5 and Marvin Road in Lacey, Wash., at the Lacey Gateway Project in the Hawks Prairie business district. Cabela's will submit a site plan application to the City of Lacey according to company officials.
Cabela's anticipates the approximately 185,000-square-foot destination retail store could be open as early as fall of 2007. The Lacey store would be similar in size to Cabela's impressive retail stores in Kansas City, Kan., and Rogers, Minn. – large stores even by Cabela's standards.
“We know we have thousands of great customers in Washington and throughout the entire region, and we're excited about bringing a Cabela's store to Lacey,” said Dennis Highby, Cabela's President and Chief Executive Officer. “Spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking and camping is a part of the history and culture of Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and we know we will complement and benefit the community from both an economic and recreational perspective.”
Lacey is an ideal location for a Cabela's destination superstore, Highby added.
“Tens of thousands of hunters, anglers and other visitors travel through the area every year in addition to the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts already living in the immediate area. Lacey is a dynamic, fast-growing city, and we expect our new store will add significantly to Lacey's attractiveness to tourists,” said Highby. “We believe a Cabela's destination retail store will be an ideal match for Lacey and all of Washington.”
To operate the new store, Cabela's expects to employ as many as 350 people from Lacey and the surrounding area.
“The creation of a sense of place for the community and the use of innovative environmental designs have guided our vision for this unique development,” said Tri Vo, president of Triway Enterprises and managing member of Hawks Prairie LLC, the developer of the project. “Conservation is at the center of Cabela's business philosophy which makes them a perfect anchor for this project.”
Cabela's currently operates 18 retail locations. In 2006, the company has opened retail stores in Glendale, Ariz.; Boise, Idaho.; Richfield, Wis., and La Vista, Neb. Cabela's has announced plans to open additional stores in East Hartford, Conn.; Hammond, Ind.; Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Gonzales, La.; Hazelwood, Mo; Reno, Nev.; Post Falls, Idaho; East Rutherford, N.J.; Adairsville, Ga.; Montreal, Quebec; and Wheat Ridge, Colo.