Cabela’s will open Gainesville store with a bow and arrow

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, statues of wildlife adorn the entrance to a Cabela's store in LaVista, Neb. Cabela's released earnings, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, a day early, as the retailer readies for its acquisition by rival Bass Pro Shops, a deal announced earlier this month. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
WASHINGTON — Outdoor recreation retailer Cabela’s will open its first D.C.-area location in Gainesville, Virginia, on March 9 and will cut the ribbon with a bow and arrow.

The Sidney, Nebraska-based chain of hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor sports products opens the 80,000-square-foot store at 5291 Wellington Branch Dr. at the Virginia Gateway Center. It is Cabela’s third store in Virginia. It has two others in Short Pump and Bristol.

Like its other megastores, the Gainesville Cabela’s also will be part museum and part testing field, with wildlife display features; museum-quality taxidermy mounts; vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia; and a regionally specific theme and habitat feature.

The store also includes an archery and firearm tech room, as well as an indoor archery range.

The Gainesville store hired 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers.

The grand opening starts at 9:45 a.m. March 9 and will conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee.

Cabela’s is being acquired by Bass Pro Group in a deal worth about $5.5 billion.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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