Cabela’s to open first NC store in Garner

kjahner@newsobserver.comOctober 24, 2013 

— One of the country’s largest outdoor retailers has decided to open its first North Carolina store in Garner.

Cabela’s, a retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced plans Thursday to build a 100,000-square-foot store near the White Oak Crossing shopping center at Interstate 40 and U.S. 70. and The store, which is expected to employ about 225 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, is scheduled to open in spring 2015.

“Thousands of North Carolinians love hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors, and many of them are longtime Cabela’s customers, which makes this a perfect match,” Tommy Millner, CEO of the Nebraska-based company, said in a statement.

The announcement is a coup for both Garner and Core Properties, the Charlotte firm that developed White Oak and is developing the property where the Cabela’s store will be built.

Rich Barta, Core’s founder and president, said Cabela’s will vastly expand the shopping center’s reach and attract more retail and restaurants.

“In my view, they’re the pinnacle, they’re the best operator in their category,” Barta said. “In our business, retail and real estate, this is about the most exciting news you can have. If you asked me to name the five highest positive-impact additions, Cabela’s would absolutely be on the list and probably top-two.”

Cabela’s stores, noted for their log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing, feature wildlife displays and large mountain replicas with built-in aquariums. In addition to thousands of outdoor products, the Garner store also will feature an indoor archery range, boat shop, gun library and fudge shop, the company said.

Core has been planning about $80 million in development on the north side of U.S. 70 at Jones Sausage Road, and also has plans to development more than 200 acres across White Oak Road from White Oak Crossing.

A seven-story, 180-room Drury Inn Hotel also is planned for the land bordered by I-40, U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. Barta said the area also will include two full-service sit-down restaurants and about 17,000 square feet of retail space.

Barta said White Oak Crossing now draws shoppers from an area that includes roughly 400,000 residents. Projections show that a Cabela’s could expand the shopping center’s reach to an area that includes 3.5 million people, he said.

“The resonating value of them being present in Garner is going to be tremendous,” Barta said. “It will attract other retailers and restaurants that are going to be excited about the fact that they’re there.”

Cabela’s is the third major outdoor retailer to announce plans for a Triangle store in recent months. Gander Mountain opened a store in Morrisville, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World plans to open a store less than four miles away in Cary.

Core expects to begin grading the Cabela’s site in January. It hopes to turn the site over to the retailer by around June.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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