SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Cabela's has announced today that it will open a new 82,000-square-foot store in Summerville. It is expected to begin construction in 2015 to be open for business in fall 2016.
Cabela's specializes in hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear.
The store will be located in Nexton, near Interstate 26 and Highway 17A, between Exit 199 and Exit 197.
Cabela's Summerville location will be its third in South Carolina. The Greenville store opened in 2014, and the Form Mill location opened in March.
"Cabela's has been interested in Summerville and the greater Charleston area for some time now," said Tommy Millner, Cabela's Chief Executive Officer. "We have a loyal customer base established in the region and an opportunity to reach thousands of additional outdoor enthusiasts who either call the area home or visit to shop and enjoy the outdoors."
According to the announcement, Cabela's expects to employ approximately 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the new store.
The store will be designed to offer customers an immersive outdoor experience with log construction, stonework, a mountain replica, dozens of wildlife displays and museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, hand-painted murals, an aquarium and an indoor archery range.
There will also be a cafe, fudge shop, Gun Library, Bargain Cave, boat shop, service center, and Cabela's Wildlife and Land Management product offerings.
Educational seminars and demonstrations will be offered by the staff, providing tips and insights on outdoor products and seasonal activities.
"South Carolina has provided great support to Cabela's through our catalog, website and existing stores, and we expect the same to be true for our Summerville location," Millner said.
Cabela's was founded by Dick and Mary Cabela in 1961. It began as a mail-order business selling fishing flies and other outdoor products through classified ads placed in hunting and fishing magazines. It has become a major retailer of outdoor recreational merchandise with 71 stores currently operating across North America.