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Cabelas opens in Lehi


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By COREY BLUEMEL
Staff Writer

The eye level aquarium features many varieties of fish and even a Cabela's boat and fishing gear underwater.

If you're a sportsmen and love the outdoors then a little piece of heaven has just opened for you in Lehi. The new Cabela's, the world's foremost outfitter, just opened its 13th store in the United States on Aug. 25. John Castillo, store manager, said, "Utah is the strongest state for our catalog store and we knew a store in Utah would be successful."

The bargain cave features returned items and close out items at low prices.

John Wimer from Salt Lake works at the new Cabela's he said, "We have hired 95 percent of the people to operate the Lehi store from Utah. Stores have been announced for Reno and a store will open in Glendale, Ariz. in 2006. We expect people will drive from as far as 400 miles to the new store here in Lehi. On the first visit people will spend upwards of four hours in the store. It is a destination store and we plan on having visitors from California, Oregon and Canada. We have already had many calls from people out of state who are anxious to visit the store. Cabela's is known internationally and we expect visitors from all around the globe.

"Everyone is welcome here. The store contains 430 animals including fish, skins, shoulder mounts and life-size mounts. The mounts came from various sources and we have many world record holders. The African diorama depicts the many different types of animals found in Africa. We have a large aquarium containing many species of fish. Cabela's is also a fine gun purveyor and the gun library is among the finest in the world. All of the guns in the library are also for sale," said Wimer.

Visitors gather outside of Cabela's for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

In addition to the museum holding many different types of animals, a mountain has been constructed in the center of the store which depicts a desert scene, mountain and winter scenes with animals typical to each of those environments.

If hunger strikes as you cruise around the store a full service restaurant on the second floor is sure to fill the hunger gap. A home furnishings department for the rustic look for home and cabin is also on the second floor along with camping supplies. An interactive shooting range is also upstairs and an indoor archery range is located just off the archery department. If you're on the hunt for a good deal then a visit to the Bargain Cave is in order. The cave features returned items and low prices on discontinued items.

Cabela's features a large variety of guns.

Words alone cannot describe the experience that awaits visitors to Cabela's. Cabela's started as a simple mail order operation. The first ad appeared in a Wyoming newspaper in 1961 advertising hand tied flies. The ad read, "Free Introductory offer! 5 hand tied flies...25 cents postage and handling. Cabela Distributing Box 672, Chappell, Neb. The ad also appeared in Sports Afield magazine in 1962. Millions of catalogs are mailed worldwide each year and a thriving internet site is also part of Cabela's.

Jim and Dick Cabela know that it is the customer and their continued patronage that have made Cabela's a success. "Because we are avid hunters and anglers just like you, we know how important it is to get the best gear at the best prices. That's why it will always be our goal tor bring you the best value for your dollar and to back every purhase you make with our famous 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. This ensures uyou can buy with confidence, knowing that you're not completely satisfied with your order or purchase when it arrives, you can return it for a refund or an exchange. This is our way of saying thank you for 44 years of support," said the Cabela's.


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