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Cabela's coming to Union Gap

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UNION GAP, Wash. -- Cabela's Incorporated announced Thursday they'll be opening their first outpost store in Union Gap at the former Costco.

The company is based out of Sidney, Nebraska with 34 stores across the country and Canada. The Union Gap location will be Cabela's first Outpost store in the country.

Cabela's Outpost Store will have seasonal merchandise, and customers will be able to order other items from an online kiosk and make in-store pickups at the store of their choice.

The approximately 44,000 sq. ft. outdoor and fishing store will be located next to J.C. Penney, which is currently under construction.

"This is an entirely new concept for us, and that is what is so exciting," Cabela's Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner said in a written statement. "Cabela's Outposts are true Cabela's stores, offering the same great customer service and access to all the great products we sell. They will extend our footprint into smaller markets and increase the range in which the Cabela's retail experience reaches our loyal customers."

The store will bring in 65 new jobs, according to Cabela's press release.

Union Gap Mayor, Jim Lemon says the new store at Washington Plaza, including J.C. Penney, will be great for Yakima Valley tourism.
"This will attract more people shopping here, more sales, and more businesses because of the sales being high," Lemon said. "That's one of the reasons these businesses want to come here."

Washington Plaza is owned and leased  by CenterCal Properties, based out of Oregon. The company also owns the neighboring Valley Mall Plaza property.

CenterCal Properties CEO, Fred Bruning says there will be about three other businesses, both retail and financial services added to the plaza.

In an earlier interview, Bruning told KNDO the Washington Plaza project will be 100 percent privately funded, and will create about 400 new jobs.

Cabela's say they plan to open up more outpost stores across the country, but have not said where at this time.

Meanwhile, construction work on Cabela's is scheduled to begin this spring. Cabela's and J.C. Penney are expected to open by fall.