Cabela’s plan approved by Lone Tree

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Cabela’s Lone Tree site will include 538 parking spaces, an amount it says is necessary for the average three-hour-stay each customer makes at the sporting goods store.

Cabela’s parking, approved June 19 by city council as part of its site improvement plan, is about 70 percent more than Lone Tree requires. But the lot will be shared by customers visiting other, as-of-yet-unknown stores and restaurants on the multi-tenant site at RidgeGate Parkway and Interstate 25, and Cabela’s 110,000-square-foot building will obscure much of it from view.

The city is requiring Cabela’s to widen a sidewalk and add landscaping “so you don’t have that sea of parking you might see elsewhere,” Assistant City Manager Seth Hoffman said.

Like visitors to its soon-to-be neighbor IKEA, which is located an I-25 exit north of Cabela’s in Centennial, Cabela’s customers often travel long distances to shop there. It’s partly because there are few of them: Cabela’s operates 37 stores throughout the United States.

“Inevitably, they’re scattered about, so oftentimes people will drive 100 miles to visit the store,” company spokesperson Wes Remmer said. “Perhaps that encourages them to make a day out of it. We chalk a lot of it up to what’s inside the store. Our stores feature dining options, the mountain replica featuring North American game animals recreated in their natural habitats, and of course the outdoor products. We even serve fudge.”

Cabela’s is proud of its three-hour per-person average visit.

“It speaks to the dedication of the customer for people to come in and spend that much time,” Remmer said.

Although Colorado isn’t currently home to a Cabela’s, it soon will boast two. As the retailer builds it 110,000-square-foot Lone Tree store, it also will construct a 90,000-square-foot replica in Thornton.

Earth movers already are preparing the Lone Tree site, with construction set to begin this fall and opening planned in late 2013.

Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning said Cabela’s rustic design will be aesthetically appealing.

“The style of their store I think fits perfectly with the setting that’s been picked out in Lone Tree,” he said.

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