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Cabela's announces retail store for Huntsville

Site where Cabela's plans to build. Site where Cabela's plans to build.

Cabela's Incorporated announced plans on Wednesday to open its first Alabama location in Huntsville.

The company, which said it's the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, said they plan to open an 80,000 square foot retail store. Construction is scheduled for the fall, and the opening is anticipated for fall 2015. Cabela's said the store should employ about 180 full and part time employees from the area.

The store will be in the newly planned Parkside Town Centre near the intersection of I-565 and 255 at Governors West Road.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city has been in talks with the retailer for two years.

The store, located near Bridge Street Town Centre, will be in a new shopping center called Park Side Town Center (PDF) with an additional 300,000 square feet or retail space, shopping, and dining to compliment the existing complex.

This project comes to Huntsville without direct incentive from the city. Huntsville will build a $1-million road to the shopping center.

Construction is expected to begin in the next 60 days and Cabela's will open in the summer of 2015.

"With such a remarkable outdoor heritage and lifestyle, Alabama certainly is a Cabela's kind of place," said Tommy Millner, Cabela's CEO.

"It shows that the community and the leadership is committed into getting those types of businesses in here," said resident Jay McGough. "It's a very good opportunity to be considered for a store location here."

The store is designed to bring an outdoor-like experience to customers with a mountain replica and wildlife displays. The location will also have an indoor archery range, archery tech room, deli, Gun Library, Fudge Shop and Bargain Cave. There will also be a full-service boat shop and a good selection of wildlife and land management products.

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