With a surprise appearance by Country Music superstar Luke Bryan, Cabela’s celebrated the official grand opening of its new Avon store on Thursday, August 11, with the ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee.
Doors opened for business at 10 a.m. as hundreds flocked into the store, welcomed by high-fives by employees.
Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen welcomed Cabela’s founder Mary Cabela and other store officials and employees with a simple message: “Welcome home,” he said to an estimated 1,000 customers – some who had waited as long as two days for grand opening specials.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives, began at 9:45 a.m. The opening day festivities kicked off an exciting weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways, sales and more.
One of the weekend’s special guests was Avon Lake’s own Jason Kopf, a member of the Cabela’s pro staff for five years. He is the leader in Lake Erie Walleye Tournament top ten finishes. “I couldn’t be more proud to have a Cabela’s store in this area,” said Kopf.
The 77,000-square-foot store is located at 35685 Chester Road off Exit 153 of Interstate 90. The Avon store becomes the fourth Cabela’s location in Ohio, joining the Columbus store that opened in 2013, the West Chester store opened in 2015 and the Centerville location opened in April.
The store is being designed to offer customers an immersive outdoor experience with wood construction, stonework, wildlife displays and museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, an aquarium and an indoor archery range. Additionally, the store will include an express cafe, Gun Library and Bargain Cave, along with thousands of quality outdoor products.
Cabela’s has employed more than 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to staff the location, most coming from the surrounding area. Throughout the year, the staff will host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and seasonal activities.
Cabela’s Incorporated is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter. The company is famous for the strength of its brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.