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Building Anchorage: Cabela's

Bob Hallinen


Cabela's, a 100,00-square-foot retail store. In addition to thousands of outdoor products, including hunting, fishing and camping gear, the store will feature museum-quality wildlife displays, an aquarium, gun library, indoor archery range, deli, fudge shop and bargain cave. The building's exterior will incorporate log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store's interior as they approach the building. This is the first Alaska location for the national chain. The site will also provide a recreational vehicle parking area for up to six RVs on the north side of the building, with picnic tables and a dump station.


155 W. 104th Ave. near the intersection of West 104th Avenue and C Street in South Anchorage


kpb architects based in Anchorage


PCL Construction Services Inc.


Civil Engineer: Dowl HKM, Structural Engineer: Reid Middleton, Mechanical/Electrical: RSA Engineering, Cost Estimator: HMS Inc., Telecomunication: Morrissey Engineering in Omaha, Neb., Concrete Slab Consultant: Structural Services Inc. in Overland Park, Kan., Fencing: AAA Fence, Final Cleaning: ABM Janitorial, Concrete Supply: Aggpro, Interior Slab Placing: Alaska Professional Concrete, Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Anchorage Restaurant Supply, Concrete Supply: AS&G, Restroom Accessories: Architectural Hardware, GWB tape/paint/wall coverings: Arthun Painting, Fire Sprinkler: Chinook Fire Protection, Tile: Commercial Contractors, Concrete Masonry Supply: Davis Block & Concrete, Rebar Supply: Dimond Fabricators, Sectional Doors: Door Systems, Special Inspections: EMC, Steel Stud Framing/GWB/Rough Carpentry/Impact Wall Covering: Excel Construction, Doors and Hardware Supply: Glass Sash & Door, Asphalt Paving: GMG General, Structural Steel Supply: L&M Industrial Fabrication, Concrete Pumping: McKinley Concrete Pumping, Loading Dock Levelers: Northwest Handling, Landscaping: Northwest Landscape, Steel Erection: Northern Services, Elevator: Otis, Millwork/Casework/Log Work/Wood Siding/Finish Carpentry: Pac West, Concrete Grinding/Staining/Polishing: Performa, Pre-Cast Concrete: Pre-cast Concrete Co., Carpet/Resilient Flooring: Rainbow Builders, Roofing/Waterproofing: Rain Proof Roofing, Excavation/Site Work: Renegade, Rebar Install: RPC Inc., Electrical: Samson, Survey & Staking: Slana Survey, Plumbing/Mechanical: Slayden, Glu-Lam Supply: Spenard Builders Supply, Alum Storefront/Skylights/Glazing: Statewide Door


"Cabela's loves Alaska," said Wes Remmer, communications specialist for Cabela's Inc. "Thousands of Alaskans live the Cabela's lifestyle and for years have shopped with Cabela's through its catalogs and website. It was time to bring them the unique Cabela's retail experience. As the world's foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, there is no better place for Cabela's than the Last Frontier," he said. Cabela's interior will have an authentically Alaska look and feel, including museum-quality wildlife displays, hand-painted murals, artifacts and more. Nearly everything displayed inside will come directly from Alaska. A large display will showcase the history of sockeye salmon in Alaska; representations of beluga whales and bush planes will hang from the ceiling; old family photos and portraits will line the walls; and more than 300 trophy animal mounts representing Alaska's wildlife -- including moose, bear, caribou, sheep and other animals -- will be featured throughout the store.


Doors open spring 2014. A specific date will be announced in February. Cabela's hasn't officially announced plans to open additional Alaska stores. But the company is in retail expansion mode and looking all across the country, focusing on places where there is a loyal Cabela's customer base and where outdoor recreation is popular. Cabela's operates 50 stores across North America -- 46 in the United States and four in Canada -- and has announced plans to open 20 more over the next two years.

Information compiled by Joy Guest. Have you driven by a construction project lately in Anchorage, Eagle River or the Mat-Su Valley and wondered, "What is that going to be?" It might be a potential candidate for this feature. If you have a project to suggest, call Joy Guest at 257-4315 or email