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Cabela Drive precedes Cabela's opening

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Cabela’s isn’t open yet in Au­gusta, but a road has already been renamed in its honor.

A portion of Alexander Drive leading into the Village at Riverwatch development was changed to Cabela Drive at the request of property developer, MGHerring Group, as part of the company’s “purchase and sales agreement,” according to city documents.

A resolution to rename the road, dated Nov. 19, said the request was made to honor the commitment Ca­bela’s made to the metro Au­gus­ta area as the company’s first store in Georgia. The only cost assigned to the city was for installation of the road signs, according to the resolution.

At least two-thirds of the adjoining property owners agreed to the name change, according to the city.

Costco, which does not employ a public relations staff and was unable to be reached for comment, was among the surrounding companies to agree to the
new road name, said Augusta traffic engineer Steve Cas­sell.

Costco was the first retail tenant to open in the 92-acre development in 2011.

Cabela’s 42,000-square-foot Outpost store is set to open March 20 with 90 employees. The store cost about $10 million to build.

Attempts to reach Cabe­la’s corporate offices in Ne­braska were not immediately successful.

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Junket103
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Junket103 02/11/14 - 05:52 am
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The Honor Should Go To. .

Let's not forget that it was Costco that led the way. If anyone deserves the honor is should go to the company that ventured to that property long before others were willing to do so since the economy was still fragile. I'm guessing that Costco has other priorities, so congrats to Cabelas for claiming the street name.

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Riverman1 02/11/14 - 06:03 am
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"The store cost about $10 million to build."

"The store cost about $10 million to build."

Did Cabela's get the same deal with the county as Costco?

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TrukinRanger 02/11/14 - 06:34 am
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doesn't matter to me..
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doesn't matter to me.. Costco didn't object so oh well...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 02/11/14 - 09:46 am
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"At least two-thirds of the

"At least two-thirds of the adjoining property owners agreed to the name change, according to the city."

I'd be curious to know who didn't agree with the name change? Do any of the businesses back there have an address that would change to Cabelas Drive? If so, can't blame 'em for not wanting to pay for new business cards, stationery and other design changes.

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David Parker 02/11/14 - 10:02 am
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Good grief. I wouldn't want

Good grief. I wouldn't want to change my contact info on my correspondence and marketing to appease a competitor. Since when did renaming the town go on the table for negotiations. Were other operations vied with this type of leverage? Should they be going forward? Using public owned property rights as a bargaining mechanism? Sure I see the gravity of getting a big box outdoor shop involved. But trust me, they didn't weigh their decision on whether the name of the street was changed. So why was it pony'd up? Stop gushing all over and do right by the community. Folks that come here are not coming to help US. They are coming to help themselves. Act like yall've done this before PLEASE.

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thauch12 02/11/14 - 10:49 am
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Dumb dumb dumb

I will never understand the local fascination with giving one road a million different names...we can now add Cabelas/Alexander/Stanley Drs. to an already convoluted list that includes Davis/Walton Way Ext/Jackson/North Leg Rds., Belair Rd./Dyess Pkwy, Berckmans Rd/Highland Ave, etc. etc.

What's the point? It only confuses people and for what...to pad someone's inflated ego? It's getting ridiculous.

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countyman 02/11/14 - 12:56 pm
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Boomtown

The amount of commercial growth in Richmond County is truly amazing. Both North Richmond and West Augusta will continue attracting multiple new amenities..

The Cabela's store is the first location in Georgia and third location in entire the southeast...

Bdouglass... The Costco and Cabela's are the only two retailers with a Cabela's Drive address right now..

Thauch12.. I think you meant North/South Belair and Jimmie Dyess. Belair road is located in Richmond County and Jimmie Dyess turns into N/S Belair in Columbia County near I-20.

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Augz79 02/11/14 - 03:12 pm
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This just in... From the

This just in... From the office of Mayoral Candidate Al Mason...

If Cabelas does not immediately change the road name to "Cabelas Drive Augusta", the city will cease providing water service, police protection, and fire department service to the Cabelas store.

Such a man! Such leadership!

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countyman 02/11/14 - 04:01 pm
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another benefit

The Cabela's store is planning on incorporating the Augusta Canal and not Costco...

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bdouglas 02/12/14 - 04:18 pm
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I doubt Costco's street name

I doubt Costco's street name changes. I would imagine the change starts at the intersection with River Shoals, which would be why Costco has no objection.

Probably doesn't hurt Costco with Cabela's being next door. Now some families might be inclined to get a membership because the wife can ditch the husband at Cabela's while she shops!

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