Thornton city officials broke ground on a 90,000-square-foot Cabela's Wednesday.
The store is one of two that are expected to be built in the metro area over the next year. The second store will be in Lone Tree.
The Thornton store will be located in a new retail development along Interstate 25 at 144th Avenue.
Thornton's mayor, Heidi Williams, as well as members of the city council attended the afternoon ground breaking ceremony.
Williams called the new store a great economic opportunity for the city.
“We are excited about the future jobs and development that will grow on this site. This is a great day for the City of Thornton,” Williams said. “Having great partners like Thornton Development LLC and Cabela’s is very gratifying. We feel like this gets the development of Thornton’s North Washington corridor started in the right direction.”
City planners anticipate an additional 290,000 square feet of retail and hospitality businesses joining Cabela’s at the site.
Both stores will be built in Cabela's next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with trophy animal mounts and wildlife displays, the retailer said. The stores will feature a gabled entry facade, fireplace, gun library, bargain cave, fudge shop and mountain replica, featuring North American game animals shown in a natural habitat setting.
Cabela’s is headquartered in Sidney, Neb., and is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise.