It’s a bit of a drive from the East Valley, but outdoor-sports lovers are likely to make the trek to Cabela’s when the 44-year- old hunting-fishingoutdoor gear retailer opens up a Wal-Mart-sized store in the West Valley near Glendale Arena.
Especially since the closest Cabela’s now is in Lehi, Utah.
The Nebraska-based company announced this week that it plans to open its Valley superstore by late 2006 or early 2007.
Cabela’s, which claims to be the largest mail-order, retail and Internet outdoor outfitter in the world, has stuff to sell, stuff to see and stuff to do in its 11 brick-and-mortar locations.
Planned for the Arizona store: A towering mountain replica with running waterfalls and streams, a trout pond and dioramas of wild animals in their habitats, a freshwater aquarium stocked with native fish, a deli-style restaurant specializing in wild-game sandwiches, a "world-class gun library," a shooting gallery, an indoor archery range, and lots of clothing, gear, gifts and furnishings for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife watching.
Cabela’s is a formidable competitor for Bass Pro Shops among the outdoor crowd.
A Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is pegged to open in the Riverview at Dobson project in Mesa — also in late 2006.
Chick-fil-A is opening its first freestanding restaurant in Scottsdale today at 14995 N. 87th St.
The company said it will offer the first 100 adults in line free Chick-fil-As for a year.
Another freestanding Chick-fil-A for the area is scheduled to open in September in the Scottsdale 101 center at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.
More stores are planned to open in October at Gilbert Gateway Towne Center, southwest corner of the planned Loop 202 and Power Road, and in November at Crossroads Towne Center, southeast corner of Loop 202 and Gilbert Road on the Gilbert-Chandler border.
• Paint and Go Ceramics, on the southeast corner of Brown and Higley roads in Mesa. The shop, where you can buy your own bisque object for an average $10 and paint it for another $2, has separate rooms for kids, teens and adults, "so the kids can have their own music," said owner Rose Offerman.
• Arizona Barstool Co.’s new location at the northeast corner of Sossaman and Baseline roads in Mesa. The company, which also has a north Scottsdale store, sells 150 styles of stools plus several lines of dinettes.
• Finish Line, a retailer for brand-name athletic footwear, apparel and accessories at Arizona Mills mall near the Rainforest Cafe.
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