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Cabela's will not be in Tamarack Village, but adjacent to it

Contrary to earlier reports about Cabela's moving into Tamarack Village, Woodbury city officials say there is no room for the 85,000 square-foot store to move into the shopping center.

Community Development Director Dwight Picha said there is a 15-acre parcel north of Tamarack Village on Hudson Road that would be suitable for the space.

However, the company has not submitted an application for the plans yet, Picha said.

Cabela's, a major outdoor sporting goods retailer, announced Tuesday that it will open its fourth Minnesota store in Woodbury.

As soon as the announcement came out that evening, Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephen's phone started ringing.

But she wasn't able to confirm the information, she said, because company officials haven't met with City Council or the planning department.

Picha said the privately owned land is zoned for retail and that he plans to meet with company officials in two weeks to begin the process, which takes about three months to complete.

Messages left for Cabela's media personnel were not returned, however, the news release states that Cabela's expects to open the store in the fall of 2014 and employ up to 185 full and part-time employees.

Cabela's also plans to hire from Woodbury and the surrounding area, attracting staffers with a passion for the outdoors.

"Minnesota offers a tremendous array of outdoor pursuits and that has been highlighted by the commitment and loyalty of Cabela's customers across the state," Cabela's Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner said. "Cabela's has had remarkable success in the East Grand Forks, Owatonna and Rogers locations and we expect similar results in Woodbury."

Although Cabela's officials said the building's exterior will reflect the store's popular model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing, it will still need to meet the city's architectural standards.

The inside will feature the company's next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor experience, including dynamic wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on a mountain. The store will also feature a boat shop, gun library, aquarium, bargain cave and fudge shop, the news release stated.

Cabela's stores showcase thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings.

Adjacent to the proposed Cabela's location, the Tamarack Village Shopping Center also includes Home Depot, JC Penney, Cub Foods and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Another sporting goods store, Gander Mountain, is located about two miles east of the proposed Cabela's site off of Hudson Road.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.