Officials in Bristol have announced that Cabela’s will anchor a shopping development in the city.
According to a city press release, construction on the store could start as soon as next summer, with a target opening date of October 2014.
The nearest Cabela’s is a store that just opened in Charleston, W. Va., about three hours from Roanoke.
There are two Bass Pro Shops super stores within three hours of Roanoke, one near Charlotte and another in Richmond.
Bristol officials are counting on the Cabela’s location to be more than just a big retail store, but for it to be a tourist draw.
That the stores will draw big tourist crowds is often cited by Cabela’s and Bass Pro leaders as they seek store locations, with their decisions often hinging on generous financial incentive packages. However, some analyses, including one cited in this recent article, dispute the idea that public investment in the large stores is a wise investment.
Here’s the full release from Bristol:
Bristol Virginia Lures Cabela’s To The Falls
BRISTOL, VA – The City of Bristol, Virginia has lured an important anchor store to a new retail tourism site located on 140 acres within the city’s limits. City officials announced today that signed documents are in hand from outdoor outfitter giant, Cabela’s, who will be the first of two anchor stores at The Falls. With 38 retail stores worldwide, the Bristol store will be the first Cabela’s in Virginia.
“Cabela’s has a deep customer base not only in and around Bristol but across the region, people who share our passion for the Great Outdoors,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “These outdoorsmen and women have supported Cabela’s for a long time, shopped with us via our catalog and online, so it was time to bring them the unique Cabela’s retail experience.”
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