Cabela's confirms store in northwest OKC

06.12.14

Outdoor wildlife retailer Cabela’s confirmed Wednesday it will open a store in Oklahoma City in the new Chisholm Creek shopping center being developed at the Kilpatrick Turnpike and Western Avenue. The store, at 80,000 square feet, is smaller than the 90,000 to 98,000 square feet indicated in an application to the city for a $3.5 million incentives package yet to be approved by the Oklahoma City Council. Construction on Cabela’s first Oklahoma location is scheduled to begin later this year and the company anticipates a fall 2015 opening.

“Cabela’s couldn’t be more excited to announce our first Oklahoma location,” Cabela’s CEO Tommy Millner said. “Customers across Oklahoma have been asking us to bring a Cabela’s store to the state for years and we look forward to bringing them the extraordinary Cabela’s experience.”

The store will employ about 180 full-time and part-time employees, with most coming from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. It will be built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with a large mountain replica and museum-quality wildlife displays. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store will include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, deli, fudge shop, gun library and “Bargain Cave.” The store also will include a full-service boat shop and a comprehensive selection of wildlife and land management products, including tractors, attachments and implements.

Cabela’s has 50 stores in the United States and is in the midst of an expansion that includes opening 11 stores this year and each year through 2017. The Nebraska retailer has reported double-digit percentage increases in sales over the past several years. Last August, the chain opened two locations on the same day in the Denver metro, drawing an estimated 5,000 shoppers to each of the 110,000-square-foot megastores. Those locations feature archery ranges and restaurants, though it is unknown whether such attractions would be included in an Oklahoma City store.

A spokesman for the chain Wednesday declined to comment on whether the store would be built only if the incentives package is approved by the city. A presentation on the project and vote on the incentives is set for the June 17 meeting of the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust with a city council vote scheduled for July 1.