Update: Sporting goods giant Cabela's not seeking government help in Delaware


Sporting goods giant Cabela’s Inc. will build a  a massive store in   Delaware near Christiana Mall. The announcement was made Wednesday on BusinessWire, a press release service. 

The store will be built on the far north end of the mall property  on   Stanton Christiana Road near Interstate 95, according to DelawareOnLine.com. The store will draw a large regional audience, thanks to the size of the store and the state’s lack of a sales tax. It should also attract more male customers to the mall, which is geared to some extent to women shoppers.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 with the store opening in 2014. Cabela’s also announced a store in Bristol, a city on the Virginia-Tennessee border. The store will have  85,000 square feet of space.  A company spokesman confirmed that the company will not seek any government assistance. The Nebraska company has received free land and other types of government help at other stores  in rural areas or small metropolitan areas.

“It’s always exciting announcing plans for a new store, but there’s added enthusiasm today because it’s Cabela’s first in Delaware,” said Tommy Millner, CEO. “Knowing there are thousands of outdoor enthusiasts across the region, people who share Cabela’s passion for hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure, we’ve had our eye on Delaware for a long time. Now it’s time to deliver a premier retail experience.”

The store will be built in Cabela’s  with an exterior of log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. Large glass storefronts will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

The interior will highlight Cabela’s new format , surrounding customers with an  “outdoor experience with wildlife and outdoor memorabilia displays.”  It will feature thousands o  outdoor products, museum-quality animal mounts, a Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop, as well as other unique features, according to a company release. The Gun Library sells new and used guns.

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