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WHEAT RIDGE, CO-Cabela’s Inc., which describes itself as the “World’sForemost Outfitter” of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in negotiations to build a 200,000-sf store in this first ring suburb just west Denver. It plans to have the store open by mid-2006.

The store, to be built as part of a development along Interstate 70 near West 32nd Avenue. It will be similar in size to the Cabela’s retail showrooms in Dundee, MI and Kansas City, KS. The newest Cabela’s store, a 176,000-sf facility in Wheeling, WV, opened August 12.

Cabela’s is based in Sidney, NE. Thousands of Colorado residents make an annual trek to Nebraska. Some even charter planes to go there.

The Colorado store will be built in Cabela’s trademark style that evokes the feeling of the outdoors. It will include “museum-quality” animal displays with colorful dioramas; huge aquariums stocked with native fish and a centerpiece indoor mountain displaying trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

The new store is expected to employ as many as 450. The companycurrently has more than 8,000 employees. Employees are expected to come from Wheat Ridge and the surrounding area.

“Colorado is the epitome of the Cabela’s brand, and its residents andvisitors live the Cabela’s lifestyle,” says Cabela’s president and chief executive officer Dennis Highby. “Cabela’s Wheat Ridge store will become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and their families traveling to and from the Rocky Mountains. And, we know with the many hard-working residents of the area we will be able to find great employees who are as passionate about the outdoors as we are. That’s something we consider whenever we look for a new store location.”

Highlights of the store will include a towering mountain replica, the centerpiece of the store’s open showroom, with running waterfalls and streams, a trout pond and trophy animals in re-creations of their distinct habitats. Similar mountains, each called Conservation Mountain, have been built in other Cabela’s stores as monuments to wildlife and salutes to the sportsmen and women who support wildlife conservation.

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