Cabela's Impact on Local Sporting Goods Stores
Cabela's Impact on Local Sporting Good StoresPhoto: Video by nbc26.com
ASHWAUBENON, Wis.- On the heels of Cabela's opening day tomorrow, other local sporting goods stores are preparing for change. Big or small they're expecting an impact on their business.
Owners of smaller sporting goods stores in our area say competing with a store of Cabela's caliber is going to be a challenge. That's why the owner of an Ashwaubenon sports shop says he's had to rethink his business plan, in order to stay in business.
Toby Curtis is counting down the hours until Cabela's opens. He's the owner of Peddle and Paddle in Ashwaubenon and he's been bracing for this inevitable hit to business.
"We definitely talked to vendors and make sure what we're carrying is not going to be in Cabela's," said Curtis.
Small businesses say they can't compete with advertising like Cabela's so they get their business out there by being a part of the community.
"We support bike rides along with some other events out of the store, we do some maintenance classes," said Curtis.
The Cabela's parking lot already packed with Packers shareholders, who were given special entrance today.
"We'll be coming back here more often, I enjoy this store it's got a lot of variety of different stuff here," said Rob Reinhart of Manitowoc. He was lucky enough to get a sneak peak and the store before the crowds.
Gander Mountain, not so busy. They know their business will be affected too. A spokesperson tells NBC26 in a statement, "..Gander Mountain has built and incredible base of loyal patrons in America's Dairyland. We always welcome healthy competition..."
If you're heading to the grand opening of Cabela's tomorrow morning, be ready to deal with crowds. Guard rails are already set up all the way down the parking lot. Doors open at 11AM.