Cabela's Store On Hold Until 2010

February 6, 2008
| By Pete Daly |
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WALKER — The proposed Orchard Park development, which hinges on a Cabela's sporting goods store, has been delayed by the developer for at least a year. A Cabela's store won't be built here until 2010 at the earliest, according to Walker City Planner Frank Wash.

A public hearing had been scheduled Tuesday in Walker on the latest site plans but it was canceled at the request of the developer, Walker Orchard Land Partners, LLC, led by Jim Bossenbroek.

Dennis Highby, Cabela's president and CEO, announced Jan. 29 that "fourth quarter results did not meet our expectations," and that part of the company strategy now "involves an ongoing review of our previously planned store openings." The company would "pare our store openings in 2008 to just two of the previously planned retail stores," he added.

On Feb. 1, Cabela's announced it would open stores in Maine and South Dakota in 2008, and in Montana and New Jersey in 2009.

Walker Orchard Land Partners had been planning on Cabela's building a store here in 2009.

Wash said that since a Cabela's store was the key component of phase one of construction of the development, "it really puts everything back."

Zachary J. Bossenbroek, a spokesman for Walker Orchard Land Partners, said that a Cabela's "delay until 2010 works out a lot better" for getting the public infrastructure completed in time at the 300-acre, $200 million proposed development site. He added that the retailer has indicated to the developer that "they want to be in West Michigan and are firmly committed to our site."

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