Thornton, Colo. -- February 21, 2013 -- An outdoor gear store going up in Thornton is expected to spur a host of new amenities in an area primed for development.
Officials say construction is plugging along nicely on the new Cabela’s at the southeast corner of 144th Avenue and Interstate 25. The 90,000-square-foot store, which broke ground in late October, will open for business later this year and is projected to generate about $1 million annually in sales and property tax revenues to the city of Thornton, said Jessica Erickson, interim director of economic development.
Cabela’s will anchor a larger retail development known as The Grove, located on 63 acres of open land off the highway. It won’t be the largest business in Thornton — American Furniture Warehouse and Walmart are significantly bigger — but it is expected to be a major catalyst for new retail in the area, Erickson said.
“The city sees the development of The Grove as a prime opportunity to spur additional development on the east side of I-25,” she said.
Bulking up the city’s employment numbers is a welcome addition as well, Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams said.
“It’s going to produce around 100 new jobs,” Williams said. “Anytime we can bring new jobs into the community, it’s very significant.”
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s — touted as the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor merchandise — is expected to become a regional draw for outdoor enthusiasts. The store will offer a variety of unique features, including a fireplace, gun library, fudge shop and a mountain replica with game animals in their natural habitat, among other things.
“It will attract people from 50 to 100 miles away,” Williams said. “So we’ll be bringing money into the city from other communities and probably other states.”
City planners have been targeting the area — formally known as the North Washington Corridor — for several years. Thornton City Councilman Eric Tade represents Ward 4, where the development is taking place, and said residents are “overwhelmingly excited” over the possibilities.
Some are enthusiastic for Cabela’s, but most are simply curious about the new stores that will pop up around it, he said.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘Hey, what else is going next to them?’ ” Tade said.
The area north of 136th Avenue is still developing and could use some basic amenities, such as convenient access to gas stations, entertainment venues and sit-down restaurants, he said.
“We are really in need of some quality restaurants and dining experiences,” Tade said.
This will mark the second Cabela’s operation in Colorado. The other is in Grand Junction. Meanwhile, about 30 miles south on I-25, Cabela’s is building a 110,000-square-foot operation in Lone Tree.
Source: Your Hub, The Denver Post
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