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March 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Tulalip Cabela’s Store grand opening will be April 19

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The grand opening of the new Tulalip Cabela’s Store is Thursday, April 19 when they open the doors at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

The opening day will also be part of a weekend-long celebration featuring outdoor celebrities, special guests, giveaways and more.

The store is located within Quil Ceda Village along Interstate 5 at Exit 202, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

The Tulalip store will be the second Cabela’s in Washington, joining the Lacey location opened in 2007.

“Washington is rich with outdoor recreation opportunities, and many people in this area are longtime Cabela’s catalog and Internet customers,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner in a news release. “We’re excited to open another store in the Evergreen State, making our services even more accessible to its hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

The new store will sell thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing, gifts and furnishings.

Cabela’s is known for a strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service. The Tulalip location also will feature two 7,000-gallon aquariums, a boat shop, Gun Library and Bargain Cave, which offers discounts on select merchandise. It will also include a deli called Eagle’s Nest.

“We recently completed the hiring process for our new store and there’s a buzz in the community surrounding our opening,” said Kevin Weeks, store manager. “I know there is enthusiasm for the new store in other parts of the state and Canada as well.”

The exterior will reflect the company’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. The inside will highlight the company’s next-generation layout, designed to maximize product assortment and availability while surrounding customers in the outdoor experience with wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts.

The company also recently 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.

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.

Cabela’s currently operates 34 stores across the United States and Canada.

(Rendering picture courtesy of Cabela’s)

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