Cabela’s expects to need 218 employees

Sporting-goods store to begin interviews in GJ on Feb. 23

The promise of more than 200 jobs at a Cabela’s store opening in Mesa Mall should be a boon to job-seekers hungry to take a bite out of the county’s high unemployment numbers.

Cabela’s sells hunting and fishing equipment and outdoor gear, operating 29 stores across the nation and one in Canada. The company is accepting online applications for its new Grand Junction store, which is expected to open in May. Interviews will begin Feb. 23, company officials said.

Cabela’s Spokesman John Castillo said the store is accepting applications for a broad spectrum of duties including management, sales, janitorial services and store greeters.

“We think we’ll need about 218 employees,” Castillo said.

Applications will only be taken online, he said.

To apply, go to and click on “careers” at the bottom of the page. Click on a link that highlights new retail locations and hourly positions and fill out the application.

Setting up shop at Mesa Mall is a good fit for the company, Castillo said. Many western Colorado residents already purchase goods through the company’s online presence.

Because of the sagging economy, the company considered not expanding to another location this year. However, the existing space in Mesa Mall “was too good to pass up,” Castillo said.

Plans for a stand-alone retail store in Wheat Ridge have been pulled, he said. The company has slowed its expansion and built only one retail location last year in Billings, Mont.

Bill Stockstill of Post Falls, Idaho, will assume the position of general manager at the Grand Junction store. Stockstill was a member of the management team that opened a Cabela’s store in Kansas City in 2002.

Stockstill is in the process of moving to the Grand Junction area, Castillo said.

Castillo said cooperation with city officials, the business community and Mesa Mall helped facilitate getting the store open more quickly.

“We knew we had a combination of a strong Cabela’s customer base and a fantastic opportunity to get into a hub of the mall,” Castillo said. “We’re excited to get in there and will try to get it open by May.”


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