Outdoors: Cabela’s outdoors retailer opens first Triangle store

By Mike Zlotnicki
May 2015

Cabela's in Garner - ExteriorUnless a local outdoors enthusiast has been living under a rock (or staying in the turkey woods), the new Cabela’s store that opened in Garner last month is old news.

But it is significant news for Tar Heel outdoorsmen, and the store is a fun visit with some neat twists that more than 3,000 people were waiting in line to see when it opened April 16.

There are approximately 245 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

During a pre-opening media event, it was hard not to be impressed while wandering through the store. The product diversity is impressive, as is the attention to detail. The fishing department has a charter boat display in one corner with a blue marlin leaping out of the water. In the background there is a spit of land with a black-and-white lighthouse on the end. The walls have archival photos of fish, including our state fish, the red drum.

A quick glance at the fish finder/GPS electronics display found 28 different models out of the box and on display. Unrelated, but underscoring the strong selection, there were 32 different electronic training collars in the gun dog section.


The new Cabela’s store opened last month in Garner. It has over 100,000 square feet of retail space. ~ Photos courtesy of Cabela’s

The new Cabela’s store is located at 201 Cabela Drive off exit 306/306A on Interstate 40 near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. Find the store and its calendar of events online at cabelas.com/garner.

Bass tournament results

The 2015 Cashion Fishing Rods Spring Team Bass Mini Trail’s February 21 Qualifier No. 1 was rescheduled because of the snow and ice storm to March 22 at Shearon Harris Lake. There were 41 boats entered in the tournament.

Veteran Harris anglers Jaime Fajardo of Fuquay-Varina and Josh Hooks of Apex weighed in five large bass weighing 27.73 pounds to take first place and $1,770 in prize money. Big fish for the day was worth $574 and was caught by the team of Dave Walton and Thomas Sheffer. It weighed 8.39 pounds. The rest of the finishers are as follows:

Second Place: John Michenfelder of Durham and Charles Stewart of Durham, five bass, 20.38 pounds, $575
Third Place: Jerry Marshburn of Sanford and Chuck Byrd of Sanford, four bass, 19.99 pounds, $460
Fourth Place: John Snead of Coats and Brandon Lassitter of Linden, three bass, 14.78 pounds, $360
Fifth Place: Glenn Stephenson of Raleigh, four bass, 11.93 pounds, $295
Sixth Place: Brian Fisher of Sanford and Jake Harvey of Sanford, four bass, 11.53 pounds, $230
Seventh Place: Tony Woodard of Four Oaks and Scott Smith of Apex, three bass, 11.24 pounds, $195
Eighth Place: Dave Walton of Raleigh and Thomas Sheffer of Cary, two bass, 9.85 pounds, $165