Cabela's Set To Open 1st Washington State Store In Lacey November 16, 2007

10/15/07

Lacey, Washington -- Cabela's, known as the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will open its newest destination retail store in Lacey, Wash., on Friday, November 16, 2007.

Cabela's stores are known as premier shopping and tourism destinations, drawing visitors from the local area and from hundreds of miles away. Up to four million people could visit the Lacey store annually, making it one of the top tourist attractions in the state.


The 185,000-square-foot, large-format destination store, Cabela's first in the State of Washington, is located near the junction of I-5 and Marvin Road in Lacey, just south of Seattle/Tacoma.

Extraordinary in design and showcasing thousands of products from its world-famous catalog, a customer's average stay at a Cabela's store has been estimated at a remarkable 3 ½ hours.

"We are excited that Lacey will be Cabela's first location in Washington," said Dennis Highby, Cabela's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Those who live and vacation in the great Northwest are passionate about the outdoors, and our stores serve as a tribute to conservation and wildlife. It's a perfect fit."

The Lacey store will be built in Cabela's trademark style that showcases the best of the outdoors in a spectacular indoor shopping experience. Cabela's stores are known as top-notch educational and entertainment attractions. Cabela's is much more than a retail store and will provide unique attractions for every member of the family including:

• Hundreds of animals in extensive, museum-quality dioramas, including an African scene, that re-create animals in action in their native habitats;
• Cabela's hallmark two-story Conservation Mountain, complete with running waterfalls and stream, a trout pond and wild game in their distinctive habitats;
• Huge 16,700-gallon, walk-through aquarium, stocked with freshwater fish, including those native to Washington;
• Other highlights include a boat showroom and service shop, laser arcade, furniture department, gun library, restaurant, general store, fly fishing shop, bargain cave and gift shop.

Store manager Jason Hammeren will hire up to 350 employees to carry on the company's tradition of excellent customer service. Cabela's employees, most of whom are expected to come from Lacey, Washington and the surrounding area, are famous for living the outdoor lifestyle and having intimate knowledge of outdoor products. Product offerings will include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife watching gear, as well as outdoor clothing and outdoors-styled gifts and furnishings.

The Cabela's superstore will anchor the Lacey Gateway project, part of a larger 1,000-acre master-planned community that includes, office, retail, residential and civic components. "The creation of a sense of place for the community that utilizes innovative environmental designs has guided our vision for this unique development," said Tri Vo, president of Triway Enterprises, the developer of the project. "Conservation is at the center of Cabela's business philosophy. That makes them a perfect anchor for this development."

Cabela's Lacey project is pending LEED certification. Projects certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recognize construction that achieves rigorous goals for sustainable design and environmentally sensitive procedures throughout the building process.

Cabela's Lacey store hours will be Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday. The store address is 1600 Gateway Blvd., Lacey, Wash. 98516.


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