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Cabela’s will open new store in Gainesville on March 9

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Cabela’s said Tuesday that it plans to hold the official grand opening of its newest Virginia store in Gainesville on March 9.

The 79,999-square-foot store, at 5291 Wellington Branch Drive, is Cabela’s first location in the Washington D.C., metro area and the third in the state. The Sidney, Neb.-based outdoors retailer already has opened stores in the West Broad Marketplace in Henrico County and at The Falls development in Bristol, Va.

The Gainesville store, which at one point was in question of being built, is adjacent to Virginia Gateway Center, a 1.3 million-square-foot, mixed-use shopping center.

The company said the store is being designed to offer customers an immersive outdoor experience, including Cabela’s Conservation Mountain and many wildlife-displays, including dozens of taxidermy mounts.

The store also will include an archery and firearm tech room and indoor archery range.

Cabela’s said the store will employ about 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

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