“Cabela’s can go to any city in America, and they decided to come to Wichita, America,” says George Laham, president of Laham Development, the Regency Lakes developer.
“That says a lot about Wichita.”
Construction on the 80,000-square-foot store will start this summer.
“Competition is good for everybody,” says Todd Barker, manager of competing Gander Mountain at downtown’s WaterWalk development.
“We’ll keep doing what we’re doing,” Barker says of Gander Mountain, which is one of the chain’s highest-producing stores.
Gander Mountain opened at WaterWalk in 2005 after an effort to lure Bass Pro Shops fell apart over public financing of the project.
City Council member Sue Schlapp was involved in trying to lure Bass Pro.
“I am a person who believes downtown is your center,” she says.
Still, Regency Lakes is in her district, and she’s thrilled Cabela’s is going there.
“Cabela’s is a fabulous attraction,” Schlapp says. “It’s a wonderful thing.”
She doesn’t quibble with the chain’s selection of northeast Wichita over downtown.
“If they feel that that’s a better place for them . . . who am I to tell them something different?”
Cabela’s, which was represented by Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, will locate along K-96 north of the 20,000-square-foot World Market at Regency Lakes. There will be room for a 50,000-square-foot retailer between the stores.