ASHWAUBENON - If you've driven on Highway 41 near Lombardi Avenue recently, you've probably noticed just how quickly the new Cabela's store has gone up.
As that construction nears completion, they're starting to hire nearly 100 more workers than anticipated.
But a road construction project around the area has only just begun.
The finishing touches haven't even been put on the Cabela's building yet.
But thousands of job applicants are filing through the Tundra Lodge in Ashwaubenon, hoping for one of 300 open spots with the company.
"We're going to have jobs across the board. Anywhere from firearms to fishing, power sports to camping to clothes, to cashiers, asset protection. We have quite a few technical jobs we're looking to hire for," said Steve Farone, the new area retail manager for Cabela's.
He wouldn't tell us how much the jobs pay, but he says the positions range from full-time to seasonal.
Farone says the more applicants know about the outdoors, the more of an asset they are to the company.
"It has to be folks who have a real passion for helping pass on their passion for hunting and fishing to our customers," said Farone.
Successful applicants will begin several weeks of training before the store opens in July.
The manager of the new Cabela's says it's on schedule with construction. But before it can open, this intersection has to undergo some construction of its own.
"We're beginning the construction of Argonne Street here. When we're done they'll have traffic signals on and off of Argonne in anticipation of the new business," said Michael King, supervisor of the U.S. Highway 41 Construction Project.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says lane closures began on Lombardi Avenue Monday at the intersection with Argonne Street.
The outer lane of east bound traffic will stay closed until June.
Aside from traffic signals, new turn lanes will be added.
"Opening a new business there will be a lot more traffic coming on and off of Argonne Street therefore, requiring traffic signals," said King.
The road project will wrap up in June, about a month before the store opens.
Cabela's says the application process for this round of hiring is closed.
Pre-scheduled interviews will continue through Friday.
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