Cabela's Opens First Store in DC Area

The hunting, camping and outdoor gear store Cabela's now has a store in Northern Virginia.

Cabela's opened a nearly 80,000-square-foot store store in Gainesville, Virginia, Thursday morning -- complete with an archery range, the store's signature "Conservation Mountain" and the feel of a huge hunting lodge.

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Shoppers browse through a Cabela's store in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

The store on Wellington Branch Drive, near the Jiffy Lube Live performance venue, is about 35 miles from D.C. The next closest locations are in Newark, Delaware, and Henrico County, Virginia.

At a grand-opening ceremony Thursday morning, a store employee cut a ribbon in front of the store with an arrow shot from a bow, rather than the usual oversize scissors.

The first 500 adults in line at the store were set to receive a Cabela's gift card worth as much as $500 and a chance to win one of three Remington firearms.

The National Rifle Association Museums donated a display to the store that chronicles the history of military long guns, according to the NRA Blog.


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Hunters and fishers featured on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel are scheduled to make special appearances at the store Saturday and Sunday.

A youth BB gun range and youth archery range will be available over the weekend, and David A. Keene, the coauthor of "Shall Not be Infringed: The New Assaults on Your Second Amendment," is set to appear. See the Cabela's website for more information.

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