Cabela's prepares for grand opening of Cheektowaga storeby jmaloni
Store to open at 11 a.m. on Thursday; weekend-long celebration to follow
Cabela's, the "World's Foremost Outfitter" of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the grand opening of its new Cheektowaga store Thursday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Cabela's executives.
Opening day will kick-off with crowd entertainment, including a DJ, giveaways and trivia games, at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m., and the grand-opening ribbon will be cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela's employee - marking the official opening of Cabela's first New York location.
And that's just the beginning of the celebration. Cabela's grand-opening festivities will continue throughout the weekend with special guests, giveaways, family events and more. Special appearances include:
•Tim Andrus, host of "Rush Outdoors TV" - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
•Joe Teti, co-star of "Dual Survival" television series - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
•Kristy Titus, Cabela's ambassador - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
•Gerry Rightmeyer, Cabela's pro staffer - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
•Jim "Ike" Eichinger, Mossy Oak pro staffer - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
•Mark and Taylor Drury, co-hosts of "Drury's Thirteen" - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Outdoor Channel.
Cabela's also will offer giveaways throughout the weekend, including gift cards valued up to $500 to the first 500 customers in line on Thursday at 11 a.m. The first 50 customers through the door Friday will receive a Cabela's utility bag valued at $24.99. On Saturday, the first 50 customers will receive a Cabela's commemorative grand opening cap valued at $14.99. And on Sunday, the first 50 customers will receive a Cabela's gift card valued between $5 and $100.
Customers 18 years and older also can enter to win a $5,000 Cabela's shopping spree. Additionally, Cabela's will host a variety of activities for the entire family from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
"We couldn't be more excited to introduce the Buffalo Niagara region, and the state of New York, to the Cabela's experience," said Scott Armstrong, the store's general manager. "Our entire staff is eager to welcome customers to the store and begin serving their outdoor needs."
The 88,000-square-foot store is located at 2003 Walden Ave., adjacent to the Walden Galleria at the southeast corner of I-90 and Walden, in a shopping center renamed Cabela's Crossing. Store hours during grand opening weekend are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, visit www.cabelas.com/stores.
Cabela's Inc., headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world's largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise.