Cabela's Construction to Begin in Cheektowaga

Jun 06, 2013

Construction on a new 90,000-square-foot store, which will serve the greater Buffalo area, is scheduled to begin this fall. Cabela’s expects to open the store – its first New York location – in the fall of 2014. “We are very excited to bring the Cabela’s retail experience to New York,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner. “We have thousands of loyal customers across the state who are passionate for the outdoors and who share the Cabela’s lifestyle. Cheektowaga’s proximity to Canada, where we also have a loyal following, makes this the perfect location.”

This will become part of a dramatic makeover of the Walden Avenue shopping center by the property’s owner, Benderson Development Co. The project will also include the first Home 2, select service hotel, that is planned for the western portion of the 24-acre property. The 108-room, all-suites, hotel is also slated to open next year. The key to the Cabela's deal was Benderson's recent acquisition of the highly visible Walden Ave. property last year. The center has a Burlington Coat Factory, several restaurants and a vacant, nearly 100,000-square-foot store that housed a Wegmans Food Market. While the Burlington Coat Factory store will remain, Benderson will be razing the former Wegmans store and replacing it with the specially-designed Cabela’s. The Home 2 hotel will go just west of the Burlington Coat Factory site. The plaza, now renamed Cabela’s Crossing, sits across from Western New Yorks largest regional mall, the Walden Galleria, and directly adjacent to the New York State Thruway. “It is just a great location,” said Mark Neinhueser, Cabela’s vice president of construction and real estate. “It was exactly what we were looking for.”