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Cabela's will place outdoor retail store near Costco in Augusta

Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:24 AM
Last updated Friday, July 26, 2013 1:19 AM
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A grass-covered piece of ground next to the Augusta Canal and Interstate 20 that Bass Pro Shops once considered for an outdoor goods store will instead become the site for one of its chief rivals.

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Walter Sprouse (from left), the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority; Mayor Deke Copenhaver; and Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority, make a joint announcement on Alexander Drive in Augusta of a coming Cabela's sporting goods store.  TIM RAUSCH/STAFF
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Walter Sprouse (from left), the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority; Mayor Deke Copenhaver; and Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority, make a joint announcement on Alexander Drive in Augusta of a coming Cabela's sporting goods store.

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Cabela’s Inc. said Thursday that it will construct a 42,000-square-foot store near Costco at the Village at Riverwatch commercial development.

Though it came a day after the announcement of Bass Pro Shops’ new site for its Augusta store a few miles down the interstate, Cabela’s announcement was tied to its corporate earnings and not a response to the other store, said Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

Sprouse said construction will begin in a few months. Cabela’s said it will open next spring. Its Outpost style store will employ 90 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

The store will cost about $10 million to build, Sprouse said.

It will be Cabela’s first store in Georgia. The Nebraska-based retailer also announced a 100,000-square-foot store in Acworth, Ga., which will open a few months after Augusta’s.

“Cabela’s is very excited about our two Georgia locations,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s chief executive officer. “Georgia is full of outdoorsmen and -women who have supported our catalog and Web site for years. The Augusta Outpost store will be a great start to bringing Georgia the full Cabela’s retail experience.”

Cabela’s operates 45 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Older Cabela’s stores cover nearly 200,000 square feet. Newer-generation stores are between 80,000 and 100,000 square feet, with the Outpost concept being half that size. The half-size stores are going into markets of fewer than 250,000 people. Cabela’s opened two Oupost stores in 2012.

Bass Pro Shops will open a smaller store concept on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway near CarMax, covering about 50,000 square feet, by late 2014 or early 2015. That store will employ between 200 and 250 people.

Bass Pro Shops in 2008 picked a site at the Village at Riverwatch, but delays and the downturn in the economy slowed company growth and the company removed Augusta from its plans, only to resurface with the Columbia County deal Wednesday.

The Village at Riverwatch is a 92-acre development owned by Dallas firm MG Herring Group. The center’s concept has shifted over the past six years from lifestyle shopping center with high-end retailers to a Belk-anchored strip with a hotel. The first tenant was Costco in 2011. Cabela’s and a Georgia Theater Co. theater will be the next tenants.

Sprouse said the development authority has been working with Cabela’s for about nine months. The incentives involve extending streets and water to the property. He said he is unsure whether Cabela’s will participate in the tax allocation district in place for the commercial development.

“National retailers like this look at the strength of your local economy. When you see the expansion of Plant Vogtle, the NSA facility, the consolidation of the university, they’re seeing the strength ... and that’s why they’re investing in Augusta,” said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

The Cabela’s store will be involved with the nearby canal.

“We have a development agreement with the owner,” said Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority. “While we want this development, we don’t want it to negatively impact the nature.”

The street lighting will be pointed away from the canal, and there are height limitations to the buildings, he explained. The authority has committed to moving a trail to the development’s side of the canal so it can be accessed.

“Immediately behind the store, there’s some wetlands there. We’re planning on doing some boardwalks through there,” Sherrouse said. “So there are a lot of opportunities to partner with them on the canal.”

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David Parker
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David Parker 07/25/13 - 03:47 pm
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.22LR

Probably been a year since I fired my last one. Had I known then, i wouldn't have sighted in my scope that day. What a waste, it's probably worse off than before after sitting a year. Thanks for the bot CSRAReader

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 07/25/13 - 04:14 pm
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Is there a contract on the

Is there a contract on the land? LOI? It's all great news but, I hope Augusta didn't shank tax dollars for 20 years like they did for Costco.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/25/13 - 04:54 pm
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Will the mayor get some gravy? The commissioners? You can bet
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they are not going to pay taxes. Why else locate in ARC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/25/13 - 04:55 pm
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No taxes. Why else would anyone come to ARC?
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No taxes. Why else would anyone come to ARC?

Pops
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Pops 07/25/13 - 08:41 pm
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I was a little boy

when they built the J.M. Fields at the end of Southgate Plaza. Across the street at Gordon and Tubman they built a Kelly's Hamburger.

Pops
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Pops 07/25/13 - 08:42 pm
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I remember thinking

when were they gonna build us a Five Guys......

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/25/13 - 09:03 pm
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Pops... just ride through

Pops... just ride through Diamond Lakes and view those pristine b ball courts... or drive west on I-520 and take in the splendor of the Technical Magnet School... (sarcasm off)

Rscnyrs
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Rscnyrs 07/25/13 - 09:10 pm
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Try Roadrunner Cafe

Bob Evans is good BUT TRY Roadrunner Cafe. 2 locations. The newone on Washington Rd os great. The food excellent and the service is much better than when they opened.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 07/26/13 - 07:08 am
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Bass Pro Was Denied Canal Access

Bass Pro would have built on this spot years ago if the fossils on the Canal Authority had given permission for customers to access the canal. But no, it was too "pristine" (meaning overgrown with invasive privet hedge). I would not be surprised if BP backed out.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 07/26/13 - 08:12 am
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It's exciting news....

NOW if only these leaders will get off their butts and pay attention to the issues in the central business district.

No more increase or soliticitation of new taxes for services that should already be in place.

* it will be important to support your local retailers whose existence will be threatened by these 2 big box specialty stores. *very siliar to the Walmart effect when Walmarts first come to small big towns.... local retailers suffer until they find their niche to survive which usually includes better customer service,

But this is all good news for the local economy. The Augusta area is very fortunate in the overall strength and diversity of our economy.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/26/13 - 08:41 am
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Some older Odd Ball calibers are being phased out

Keep this in mind when purchasing a older or odd caliber weapon.

Last month a number of Large Ammo Manufacturers published a list of calibers they will be phasing out to production, in order to focus on the popular calibers.

Check with your local Firearms dealers or Gun Smiths.
Many of us restarted reloading our own.

Also finding 22LR is not difficult, but finding it in amount larger than a 50 round box is a challenge. Many stores are limiting purchases to 1 box per caliber per day. They are doing this to stop the slime we call Store Scroungers. Those that buy and resell it for big profits. Check out http://www.armslist.com/classifieds/georgia

As a rule of thumb my max purchase price for good 22LR is .08 cents a round or $4.50 a box of 50 from a store or ammo trader.

Plus I currently avoid Federal brand 22LR, as many of the boxes look like they are filled with floor sweeps and have a lot of miss fires.

If you really want a large Bulk of 223 call Academy Sports in Evans.
Last time I checked they had a Barrel of 223 which is 12,500 rds for $6,500.

The barrels can be ordered, I was told by one of the head employees.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/26/13 - 08:41 am
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JM Fields - Yes I remember it

If memory serves me.
Didn't a store manager run off with the store $$$$$$ one night 1972-73?

The family he dumped, when he fled the country, lived just down the road and I when to school with his kids.

What a jerk did they ever catch him?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 07/26/13 - 10:31 am
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@Nocnoc

I don't recall that scandal...hopefully they did. It would have to have been a pile of money to flee the country!!! I'm sure in the long run the family was much better off without him.

I remember the location that is now where the Bonefish, etc are on Washington Rd. We were cleaning out the attic and came across an old shot gun cleaning kit that had a JM Fields price tag on it - something like $2.50 or something crazy like that. Brought back memories... That and the old Sky City department store on Wrightboro Rd...Woolworth's up there by the Augusta National....

Man, I feel old now!

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 07/31/13 - 10:38 pm
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Wow. This comment section

Wow. This comment section died fast. Where was riverman and his glory?

Augustaboy
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Augustaboy 07/31/13 - 10:41 pm
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And to all of you Five Guys

And to all of you Five Guys lovers. We have one. On Washington next to Kroger in Richmond County. BUT, for a better buger and a locally OWNED burger joint, try Whiskey Bar Kitchen on broad Street. You Columbia County folk might just try it out during lunch.

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