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February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Two new Cabela’s stores coming to Washington this year, and the newest in Tulalip will open their doors by mid-April

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is really spreading their wings throughout Washington.

The newest store is expected to open in mid-April at the Quil Ceda Village in Tulalip just off I-5 at Exit 202, located about 30 miles north of Seattle.

The Tulalip store will be the second Cabela’s in Washington along with the Lacey store that opened in 2007. At the Tulalip there will be an aquarium, boat shop, Gun Library and Bargain Cave, offering discounts on select merchandise.

The new building will have the trademark log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing.

The company also just announced another smaller “outpost store” that will bring the unique Cabela’s retail experience to customers in Union Gap, a suburb of Yakima, and the surrounding area.

The store will be an anchor of Washington Plaza, a new shopping center located on East Washington Avenue adjacent to the Valley Mall, which is home to more than 55 specialty stores and merchants, including Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears.

Construction on the first Cabela’s Outpost Store is scheduled to begin this spring with a grand opening slated for sometime in fall.

Though smaller than Cabela’s traditional stores, Cabela’s Outpost Stores will offer the same quality products and customer service for which Cabela’s is famous. They will be designed for efficiency, flexibility and convenience at approximately 40,000-square-feet, offering seasonal product assortments and featuring a rugged, outdoor look and theme, including trophy wildlife and outdoor memorabilia displays.

The Union Gap store is expected to employ approximately 65 full- and part-time employees. Most will come from Union Gap and the surrounding area.

“This is an entirely new concept for us, and that is what is so exciting,” Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner said in a news release.

“Cabela’s Outposts are true Cabela’s stores, offering the same great customer service and access to all the great products we sell,” he said. “They will extend our footprint into smaller markets and increase the range in which the Cabela’s retail experience reaches our loyal customers.

“We believe Cabela’s Outpost Stores will be perfectly suited to — and will be particularly successful in — the western United States and Canada. We have more Cabela’s Outpost Stores on the planning table, but we can’t reveal those locations just yet.”

Cabela’s Outposts will complement, not replace, Cabela’s popular next-generation stores. Currently, Cabela’s operates 34 stores in the United States and Canada.

In addition to five next-generation stores scheduled to open in 2012, Cabela’s has announced plans to open three next-generation stores in 2013 — Columbus, Ohio; Grandville, Mich.; and Louisville, Ky.

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