News 12 at 11 / Monday, January 20, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- We've been watching the walls go up for weeks, but tonight we finally have a date on when Cabela's doors will open.
The retailer, located in the Village at Riverwatch shopping center, has just announced their grand opening will be Thursday, March 20th, right in line with their timeline for this Spring.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver says the opening of Cabela's comes just in time before Augusta's population explodes.
"To know that it's going to open in March is great. That'll be prior to the Masters, and you think of all the traffic going by that site during Masters," he said.
The 42,000 square foot store sitting next to Costco in the Village at Riverwatch shopping center is the first location in Georgia, and it's the first in a ripple effect of new things coming to Augusta.
"Lots of exciting things happening, Cabela's being one of those. Whole Foods coming in, as well as Cyber Command. It's a great time for the city," Copenhaver said.
Commissioner Alvin Mason says he best thing about Cabela's is "the residual effects of that. Now we'll see sit down dinner theaters, and we'll see other types of things that will be talked about. Perhaps outlet malls."
Coming this Fall, next to the giant outdoor retailer, will be a movie theater featuring 14 screens and in-theater dining. It's something Mayor Copenhaver is personally excited about.
"One of my favorite things to do is to go see movies, and I haven't had time to do that when I've been Mayor," he laughed. "So, the movie theater will open up at the right time when I can start enjoying movies."
Just two weeks before Masters, and as thousands migrate to Augusta when the Cyber Command makes Ft. Gordon its home, Copenhaver says these stores couldn't have picked a better time or city.
"Our city is about to experience explosive growth, and we're going to see retailers like this continuing to come to Augusta," he said.
With Cabela's sitting next to 2,000 acres of protected greenespace and canal trails, access to shopping and even testing out new gear will be easier than ever.
"That site is connected to downtown by the canal, so you can have canal cruises coming from our city center and hotels downtown to go shop at Cabela's. It's a win win," said Copenhaver.
The store will bring about 90 jobs to the area. Most of those jobs have been filled, but if you want to learn more, we've linked you to their website.
As for the other stores, no exact dates have been released, but the movie theater is scheduled to open up this Fall, and we're told Whole Foods will also be open by the end of the year next to Bonefish.