Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 2:50pm CDT
Cabela's is moving forward with its plans for an 80,000-square-foot store in northeast Wichita.
The WBJ learned this week that the Nebraska-based retailer of outdoor gear has released its building plans for the store to a select list of general contractors. That happened on Tuesday.
Six firms are on that list, four of them based in Wichita - Key Construction Inc., Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co., The Law Co. Inc. and Martin K. Eby Construction Co. Inc.
The other two firms are Minneapolis, Minn.-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. and Jefferson, N.C.-based Vannoy Construction.
Now the wait is on to see who gets the job, which will be a large one for the retail sector in Wichita. Bids are due June 7.
"We're planning to break ground in late June or early July, with construction to be complete around mid-January in time to prepare the store for a spring 2012 opening date," says Cabela's spokeswoman Kristin Lauver.
The architect is Seattle-based Callison LLC, which also did design work for recently opened Cabela's stores in Allen, Texas, and Springfield, Ore. Callison also is doing work on a Canadian store, located in Edmonton, Alberta, that Cabela's is slated to open in August.
Cabela's has a total of 33 stores.
"We are moving forward on schedule," Lauver says. "The design process has progressed efficiently, and we have been able to incorporate improvements to those made in stores that opened over the past couple months."
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