New super sports store to open in Verdi
If you are a sportsman or woman, you undoubtedly know that Cabela’s will be opening its doors on Nov. 16 in Verdi, next to Boomtown. The store opening has dominated many of the conversations I have had lately with hunters and fishermen from within the region and other areas.
For outdoor enthusiasts interested in hunting and fishing, Cabela’s is like a candy store. Anything you need for hunting and fishing should be available at their stores.
For a region that boasts a tradition in fishing and hunting, Cabela’s new location could mean big business for the store, which is the 22nd in a growing chain. That is certainly what Cabela’s is banking on by opening the northern Nevada store.
Cabela’s is anticipating having three million customers visit the store the first year.
While 90 percent of their business is anticipated to come from outside the area, local sporting enthusiasts are anxious to get a peek at what is inside the massive 125,000-square-foot store. From my conversations with many people, it seems they will draw a huge number of people into the store to see just what they have to offer.
Once inside the store, Cabela’s estimates an average customer will spend three-and-a-half hours shopping. There is so much to see inside.
Just one example of the merchandise available is a selection of more than 300 fishing reels with prices ranging from $19 to $500. A fisherman should be able to find a reel to his or her liking.
Included inside the store will also be restaurants, a general store and an exhibit of more than 400 taxidermy animals. The taxidermy animals cost about $4 million.
While many people may be put off by the animals, hunters and fishermen do not seem to mind.
It is easy to see why the advertised opening to the general public on Nov. 16 has created such a buzz among outdoor enthusiasts. It is one of the most anticipated store openings I can recall.
Cabela’s, which will employ 250 people, is the first in a series of large hunting- and fishing-specific stores that will be opening in the area. An even larger Scheel’s store is scheduled to open in the Sparks Marina next year, and a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Superstore is supposed to be a part of the new Station Casino and destination park near the intersection of U.S. 395 and the Mount Rose Highway.
If you are a fishing or hunting enthusiast, you have to like all the options that you will soon have in the way of retail stores. The downside to the big stores is that many smaller businesses may have a difficult time competing. However, the one thing that small businesses have going for them will be the services that they provide, such as guided trips and the like. They also have a pretty loyal customer base because of the service that they provide.
Whether we like it or not, the big businesses are coming to the area. Cabela’s is just the first.
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