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'Outdoorsman's Disneyland' Coming to Utah

'Outdoorsman's Disneyland' Coming to Utah

Posted - Aug. 9, 2004 at 4:58 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReportingA major name for retail in outdoor and recreation appears to be headed to Utah. Cabelas is said to be planning to build near Point of the Mountain and Eyewitness News has learned an official announcement is coming soon.

We usually don't make a big deal about a new store planning to build. But in the world of the outdoors, this is the equivalent of the Disneyland of sporting goods stores.

Imagine a store bigger than a Super Wal-Mart, with more than just hunting, fishing and camping products, but an outdoors experience, indoors. Other Cabela's have become tourist attractions in and of themselves.

For example, Cabela's other 13 stores typically include a 60- thousand gallon aquarium, with fish native to the area; a waterfall and trout stream running inside the store; an indoor archery and gun range; a restaurant with a menu of wild game dishes; and of course a huge inventory of hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment.

No one from Cabelas or government leaders will talk about the possibility of the store, but Eyewitness News has learned an announcement is on the way, within the next few weeks.

From recently released plans for a store in Texas, we have a good idea of what to expect in Utah -- up to 500 jobs and the store itself will probably be about 185,000 square feet, on 50 acres.

Cabelas has been in business since 1961, with most of its stores concentrated in the Midwest and East Coast. The Utah store would be Cabela's western edge. Why Utah? Of course Utah is home to great hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. And the Point of the Mountain location has a lot to offer Cabela's. A very visible location, right off the freeway, in the middle the most populous counties in the state.

It's likely the new store is still at least two years from opening, but that means the days of ordering from a Cabela's catalog for Utah outdoor enthusiasts will soon be over.

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