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Cabela’s chooses Noblesville for first central Indiana store

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National outdoors retailer Cabela’s announced Thursday morning that it will build an 80,000-square-foot store in Noblesville’s Saxony development—its first location in the Indianapolis area.

The announcement from the Nebraska-based chain comes five years after it abandoned plans amid the recession to build a store near Interstate 65 and County Line Road in Greenwood.

Construction is set to begin later this year with a planned opening of fall 2015. The store will be located at Interstate 69 and Campus Parkway in Saxony, near Hamilton Town Center.
 
Cabela’s calls itself the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Its only other Indiana store is in Hammond.

“For years, thousands of Hoosiers have faithfully supported Cabela’s through our catalogs, website and neighboring retail locations,” Cabela’s CEO Tommy Millner said in a prepared statement. “Now those loyal customers have a second Cabela’s store to call their own.”

The store’s exterior will feature Cabela’s signature log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. The interior will feature museum-quality wildlife displays, a mountain with a built-in aquarium, gun library, indoor archery range, fudge shop and deli.

The store is expected to employ 170.

Founded in 1961, Cabela’s operates 51 stores across the country with plans to open 23 more in the next two years.

Meanwhile, Cabela’s competitor Gander Mountain is preparing to open a store at 216 Gable Crossing Drive in Avon in the spring and has filed plans to build a 45,540-square-foot store at 2175 N. Barrett Drive in Greenfield. The St. Paul-based company also has locations at 5702 E. 86th St. in Indianapolis and 1049 Emerson Ave. in Greenwood.
 

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  • Good Location for Cabelas
    A good location for Cabelas is out by the Indianapolis International Airport .I think a 1000,000 square feet store would be good. I think the new store should have a mountain ,and everything cabelas is famous for. A Entertainment place with the store like latitude 39 or Disney Quest would be good.I think 5 levels totaling 1000,000 square feet on each level would be good with a lot of escalaters and elevators.
  • RE: Shane
    Shane, you are seeing all this greenfield development because people don't want to shop near where the brown people are...
  • Sprawl
    seriously, this metro area is getting ridiculous with greenfield development. there are countless places near 465 that could be redeveloped for this.
  • Greenfield
    The Greenfield Gander Mountain is under construction.
  • Greenwood
    Greenwood didn't miss out on anything. Your larger Cabela's stores are around 250,000 sq ft. The one they had planned to build in Greenwood (before the economy tanked) was going to be half that size (125,000). The one in Noblesville is only going to be 80,000 sq ft. Cabela's has said a few years ago that they were going to stop building the larger stores and start building smaller ones and more of them. Since they are planning on building 23 more store in the country, I guess they meant what the said. I've been to one of those huge Cabela's. They are like a day trip. Part of the fun of going to one was the size of the place. For a fisherman/hunter/camper ect it was like walking through the pearly gates. It's nice that there will be one of these stores near by if you like their products, but exciting, no. I live down by Greenwood and I love Cabela's but it doesn't bother me at all that this particular one isn't coming down here. I wouldn't think a 80,000 sq ft Cabela's would want to compete with Gander Mountain next door. The only thing that's disappointing about it is that Gander Mountain is expensive and maybe a little competition would have made them consider lowering their prices.
  • Yes
    It really is a shame that Cabela's couldn't follow through on its original plans for a store in Greenwood.
  • Southside
    The Southside misses out again...

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