TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The rain Thursday morning wasn’t enough to keep droves of outdoorsy Oregonians away from the opening of a much-anticipated, massive outdoor, fishing and hunting outlet.
Cabela’s opened in Tualatin Thursday morning, as thousands poured into the store. It took staff roughly an hour to get everyone from the line into the store.
Customers lined up days ahead of time in anticipation, as some of the first 500 customers through the door were awarded gift certificates ranging from $50 to $500. The store will remain open until 9:00 p.m. tonight. The grand opening could draw in as many as 40,000 people through the weekend.
Many people in the community have expressed concerns about traffic during the grand opening activities.
For several weeks, the City of Tualatin has worked with Cabela’s to develop traffic and parking management plans. Cabela’s main parking lot has about 1,000 spots – 300 of its employees will park off-site to allow more room for shoppers.
The store will provide an additional overflow parking lot off Lower Boones Ferry Road with shuttles transporting employees and customers between these off-site parking locations and the store Thursday through Sunday. Electronic signage and flaggers will also be present to help navigate drivers.
There were already hundreds of people lined up outside the store Wednesday night.
A couple from Mount St. Helens will have spent 22 hours in line.
“We realized we didn’t have anything for tonight, so we thought, ‘what the heck,’” said Tom Macy.
“I think it’s fun. I don’t think it’s crazy,” added his wife, Sheila Macy.
The nearest Cabela’s is 90 miles away in Springfield, Oregon. There are also stores in Lacey, Washington, Boise, Idaho, and Reno, Nevada.
“This is going to be Cabela’s 64th store, and I have not seen this much passion from a customer base,” said Cabela’s General Manager Kurtis Fuller.
The 100,000-square-foot store will have activities that include games, duck calling techniques, pelt displays, knot tying and much more when it opens Thursday at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.