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Cabela's store to open in March

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Cabela’s Inc. announced Monday that it will open its Augusta store on March 20.

The 42,000-square-foot Augusta location, which is under construction next to Costco in the Village at Riverwatch, will be the outdoor retailer’s first in Georgia. The store will employ about 90 people.

The Nebraska-based retailer has 50 stores across North America with 20 more on the planning board over the next two years.

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countyman
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countyman 01/20/14 - 05:33 pm
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Wow!

The corporate at Cabela's obviously aren't fans of the Augusta Chronicle comment section.. I've been told the leaders in the surrounding counties are better and the commissioners agree on everything..

Why didn't the private developers and businessmen at Cabela's follow behind the logic on the Augusta Chronicle? The majority of crime reports in the Chronicle are related to Richmond County.. The articles magically give every part of Richmond County the same crime rate..

How couldn't they realize the counties surrounding Augusta are so much better and safer? The Augusta Chronicle doesn't report the crime in the nearby counties and that obviously makes everywhere in those counties safe. Why didn't Cabela's take notice? I hardly ever 'hear' about crime in those places and Richmond County was still the better location.

I was told all of the negative things said about Augusta were 100% true and people needed to stop wearing the rose colored glasses.. I can't believe they would open the first location in Georgia and the third southeastern store right here in Augusta..

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:58 pm
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The CSRA is saved. Cyber Command, Five Guys & Cabela's
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The CSRA is saved. Cyber Command, Five Guys & Cabela's

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/20/14 - 06:22 pm
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They built on a interstate

it's not rocket science on why and where they built. Sometimes you overlook the obvious with your mega horn and pom poms

LLArms
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LLArms 01/20/14 - 06:32 pm
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Who wants to take bets how

Who wants to take bets how long the .22LR ammo lasts on opening day?

An hour? A couple? 1 day? lol

corgimom
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corgimom 01/20/14 - 06:51 pm
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A retailer doesn't care what

A retailer doesn't care what the crime rate is in a city. They aren't social workers or police officers. Countyman's post makes no sense, but that's nothing new.

They are there to sell a product. They are trying to penetrate this market. They hope to make a profit and earn a certain amount of return on their investment.

But before everybody goes into raptures, they are going to cannibalize the existing stores that sell outdoor equipment.

When a retailer comes into an area with something unique, that is a boost to the economy. When they duplicate what is already there, that results in cannibalization.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/20/14 - 06:54 pm
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Store Will Depend on Columbia County Shoppers

I don't think you'll find many of the downtown Augusta hipster and LGBT crowd buying rod and reels there.

countyman
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countyman 01/20/14 - 07:23 pm
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Reaching for straws because Augusta is better than you portray

The interstate doesn't begin or end inside of Richmond County...

Why don't the retailers like Publix, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc open in the high crime areas if nobody cares about the crime rate?

The store will depend on the entire metro and not one particular county..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/20/14 - 08:27 pm
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Cabela's Will Appeal To Residents

Cabela’s probably had focus committees to make sure they could capture the diverse population of Augusta for customers. For background music a fair share of rap will be played. Camouflaged low riding pants and underwear will be available. For other segments of the population, rods and reels with glitter on them that make a sound each time they are cast. They will scream, “Weeeeeeeeeeee,” as the line goes out.

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Pops 01/20/14 - 09:16 pm
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It would have been better

to open the store in one of the downtown empty buildings, maybe like the old J.C. Penney store. There's plenty of room in the CBD. Why didn't they build there?

countyman
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countyman 01/20/14 - 11:28 pm
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Great job Deke!!!!

Let's continue to build up Richmond County and watch the naysayers continue to reach for straws..

The CBD is on fire in 2014 and Cabela's prefers to open in the suburbs..

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/21/14 - 12:17 am
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Cabela's ain't dumb

Like other private businesses, they are not social workers. They go where the maximum number of customers will come in and shop. End of.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/21/14 - 09:07 am
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But in Shangri-La all enterprise is a effort for social justice.
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But in Shangri-La all enterprise is a effort for social justice.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/14 - 09:08 am
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I-20 traffic

Great location & they will capture many counties coming/going...

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Bizkit 01/21/14 - 10:31 am
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Cabela will draw people from

Cabela will draw people from all over the State. I think the closest now is in West Virginia and Kentucky so this will draw from the whole South. People make plans to visit these stores on their vacations.

MTBer
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MTBer 01/21/14 - 11:47 am
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Outstanding

Been waiting on this one. I live in NA so the location is perfect! This is going to be a great addition to the area. Now that the shopping area is expanding, I will become a Costco member also.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 01/21/14 - 11:54 am
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Greenvilles Cabellas built in the outskirts too

Well Downtown Greenville is light years ahead of Augusta and Cabellas did NOT open in their downtown either. I'm not saying Augustas downtown is all bad but it has not caught up to Greenville but is more like where they were in the late 90's. Once all of Broad, Harrisburg and Laney Walker revive then our city will be comparable to Greenville. But even in both cases it is not that Downtown is a bad area but more to do with their demographics and quick interstate access. Cabellas wants quick access and plenty of parking instead of downtown where you have to park and walk. I don't know of any Cabellas or Bass Pro that have built downtown.

MTBer
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MTBer 01/21/14 - 11:53 am
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Outstanding

Been waiting on this one. I live in NA so the location is perfect! This is going to be a great addition to the area. Now that the shopping area is expanding, I will become a Costco member also.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/21/14 - 04:32 pm
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WTG CountyMan

I ain't gonna steal your sunshine today. Bask in it my good man.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/22/14 - 12:29 am
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@Bizkit

"Cabela will draw people from all over the State. I think the closest now is in West Virginia and Kentucky so this will draw from the whole South. People make plans to visit these stores on their vacations."

People make plans to visit the Bass Pro and Cabela's flagship stores. Not so much these smaller "Outpost" stores like this one is going to be. This store is the size of Dick's Sporting Goods at the mall. It's not going to be full of aquariums, giant swooping wooden beams with expansive ceilings, or a restaurant of any kind like the ones people drive for hours to visit. Don't get me wrong, I am SO GLAD this store is coming, but people have these pictures in their head of what they expect (and the media hasn't helped that, using stock photos of the huge stores), and by and large it's not what we are actually getting.

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