Cabela’s opens: Store part of larger retail development


The international outdoor outfitter and retailer Cabela’s opened the doors of its Thornton store on Aug. 15.

“We’re very excited in Thornton to get Cabela’s open for the public,” said Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams.

“We know Cabela’s is a great anchor store for The Grove, and we anticipate it being a draw for customers from throughout the Front Range and even from neighboring states.”

The store serves as an anchor at the 63-acre retail development called The Grove, at the southeast corner of 144th Avenue and I-25.

The Grove is projected to have 290,000 square feet of hospitality and retail space in addition to Cabela’s 90,000-square-foot store.

The development is being led by St. Louis-based real estate developer THF Realty.

“This will really change Thornton and this whole region,” said THF Realty cofounder Michael Staenberg in October when the store broke ground. “Cabela’s will draw people from 50 to 100 miles away and bring people who haven’t come to Thornton.”

Cabela’s also held the grand opening last week for its Lone Tree location. The store already has a site in Grand Junction.

In addition to thousands of outdoor products, Cabela’s features a gabled entry façade, fireplace, Gun Library, Bargain Cave, Fudge Shop, and a mountain replica with North American game animals re-created in their natural habitat.


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