Just in time for the holidays, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service recently announced that Cabela’s will be opening up at least three seasonal locations at military bases on November 23.
The first bases to host Cabela’s stores, which sell hunting, fishing, and other outdoor merchandise, will include Fort Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
“The Exchange delivers brands that speak to each military community we serve,” said Trinidad Saucedo, the Exchange’s senior vice president of services, food and fuel. “Bringing Cabela’s on board in time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season shows the Exchange is listening and is committed to serving the community.”
Spokespeople with Cabela’s said this is the first time that the company has opened a seasonal store of any kind. The locations will be around 10,000 square-feet and offer a selection similar to that of a regular Cabela’s store, including an assortment of soft goods, hunting gear, clothes and boots, fishing tackle, and more. Neither the company or the Exchange Service specified whether firearms will be sold at these locations. Cabela’s also did not indicate whether it intends on expanding to other military installations, but did note that there was a high level of interest from military personnel.
“Cabela’s has always proudly supported the military, and we are now excited to bring the Cabela’s store experience first-hand to these select military installations this holiday season,” Scott Williams, Cabela’s Chief Commercial Officer, told chainstoreage.com.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Bass Pro Shops, a competing outdoor retail chain, is considering buying Cabela’s. So far both companies have declined to comment on any speculation.