Cabela’s to open Grand Junction store May 20

Colorado’s first Cabela’s store will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. May 20 in the Mesa Mall.

Grand Junction’s great affinity for everything outdoors was the leading reason the city was selected by the popular Sidney, Neb.-based chain of outdoors stores.

“Colorado is known for its rich tradition of outdoor participation,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s chief executive officer. “Hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor activities are a way of life for those on the Western Slope and throughout the state.

“We’re thrilled Grand Junction will be Cabela’s first location in Colorado.”

The 70,000-square-foot store will anchor Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, in the former site of Mervyn’s, with easy proximity to Interstate 70 and plenty of surrounding parking.

“Cabela’s will make a fantastic addition for Mesa Mall, and their presence will really help solidify our position as western Colorado’s leading retail shopping destination,” said Jammie McCloud, marketing manager for the mall.

Cabela’s officials said the store will be stocked with products specifically selected for Colorado outdoor enthusiasts and for people traveling to the region.

The store is considered a “next-generation” Cabela’s, company spokesman John Castillo said.

“It’s not the massive footprint of some of our bigger stores, but with so many people shopping online, we’re tailoring the store to fit today’s clientele,” Castillo said.

While the store is a bit smaller than the familiar stand-alone stores such as the one next to Interstate 80 near Sidney, the availability of online shopping, including the in-store Cabelas.Com Lodge, will give customers access to virtually every product in Cabela’s inventory, company officials said.

Officials said products ordered through the Cabelas.Com Lodge will be shipped free to the local store, where customers can pick up their order and save home-shipping charges.

McCloud said the store will attract not only local shoppers but regional traffic, benefitting businesses throughout the Grand Valley.

“It’s going to be great not just for the mall but for the entire region,” she said.

Store Manager Bill Stockstill said he hired more than 200 employees, most of whom come from Grand Junction and the Western Slope.

Products offered at the store will include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as outdoor clothing and outdoor-themed gifts.

Historic memorabilia and museum-quality taxidermy displays highlight the store’s d&233;cor.

Cabela’s officials said store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.


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