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Forum staff reports, Published July 02 2013

Cabela's gets final approval in Woodbury

WOODBURY, Minn. - The Woodbury City Council has approved Cabela’s plans for a store here after discussing parking and traffic concerns that may come with the large outdoor retailer.

The council held a public hearing last week, at which no one from the public signed up to speak. The Planning Commission had reviewed the project a week earlier and recommended approval.

Aside from some traffic issues, council members expressed excitement about the addition.

“I do think it’s exciting to have a business like this in Woodbury,” council member Amy Scoggins said. “But I do think we need to keep an eye on the traffic.”

Cabela’s was granted a permit to begin foundation and road realignment work, in preparation to build 100,000 square feet that will include an outdoor display area and office space.

The Woodbury store is scheduled for a fall 2014 opening, and it will represent a new generation of smaller Cabela’s stores, according to company officials.

The Woodbury store will be the fourth in the state, following East Grand Forks, Owatonna and Rogers. The store is expected to employ up to 185 full- and part-time workers.