Cabela’s to Build in Woodbury

 Inc. will be opening a sporting goods store in Woodbury, the company announced Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The store, to be located in the Tamarack Village shopping center, will open by fall 2014. Construction is set to begin in the fall.

The 85,000-square-foot store will be Cabela’s fourth in Minnesota. The three existing stores are in Rogers, East Grand Forks and Owatonna.

According to a news release, the store will include “dynamic wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on a mountain” as well as a boat shop, gun “library,” aquarium and fudge shop.

The store is expected to have about 185 full- or part-time employees.

Cabela’s has 40 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Company spokesman Wes Remmer said the company would be building a new store, not moving into a space vacated by another company.

The city of Woodbury has not received a planning application from Cabela’s and has no further information about the proposal, according to spokesman Jason Egerstrom.

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens confirmed that “they haven’t issued an application to the city. So until I see that, I’ll decline to comment.”

Council member and real estate agent Julie Ohs said she was “happy to have Cabela’s in our community. That’s an amazing piece of real estate and a gateway to our city.”

It remained unclear Monday where the store would fit in Tamarack Village, which also has Home Depot, J.C. Penney, Toys R Us, Cub Foods and Dick’s Sporting

Ohs, who previously served on the council’s economic development commission and business development committee, believes the only vacant spot for the store near the village would be an “out lot” on the northwest corner of Radio Drive and Hudson Road.

The store will be what the company calls a “New Generation” store, smaller than the 250,000-square-foot mega-stores in Texas and Pennsylvania.

According to the news release, the store’s exterior will follow Cabela’s traditional model of log and wood siding, stonework and a large glass storefront.

Source: Pioneer Press