Cabela’s outdoor store eyes an Abbotsford location

Construction of a 70,000-square-foot store could begin this year

A Cabela's outfitters is proposed for a development on McCallum Road.

A Cabela's outfitters is proposed for a development on McCallum Road.

Cabela’s, an outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced it is interested in constructing a store in Abbotsford at McCallum Road and Highway 1.

The project would require final approval and permits from the city of Abbotsford and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, but if approved Cabela’s could begin construction in 2015, and would anticipate a fall 2016 opening, according to a press release.

The site is located at 1880 McCallum Road in the proposed McCallum Junction development off Exit 90 of Highway 1. McCallum Junction Properties Inc. is the developer.

Cabela’s would expect to employ approximately 160 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the store, most of whom would come from Abbotsford and the surrounding area. It would become Cabela’s second location in B.C., joining the 50,000-square-foot Nanaimo store opened in 2014.

The 70,000-square-foot store would be built in Cabela’s new-format layout, which offers an outdoor-like experience with log construction, stonework, wood siding, a large mountain replica, an aquarium and dozens of museum-quality wildlife displays.

The store would also include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Bargain Cave and fudge shop.

A public information meeting on the proposed development at McCallum Road and Highway 1 will be held tonight (Thursday) at Alexander Elementary School (2250 Lobban Rd.) from 6 to 8 p.m.