ASHWAUBENON - There was a bit of a scene on Packers-owned land in Ashwaubenon on Thursday.
Hundreds of people lined up for hours to be the first to go inside the new outdoor sporting goods store Cabela's.
Terry Parkkonen was one of them.
"I wouldn't say fanatic, but whenever a Cabela's is nearing Negaunee, Mich., I would like to go and see it," said Parkkonen, who made the three hour trek from Negaunee with his wife Ronda specifically for the ribbon cutting.
The Wesolowski family of Wausaukee took the day off – they got in line around 8:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. ribbon cutting.
"Just wanted to come down here to be here for the grand opening," said Bob Wesolowski, hoping to score from free door prizes. "This is cool."
"Are you crazy?" I asked Bob's wife Aimee.
"Sometimes," she said. "But not as crazy as the ones that have been out here since last night."
Shortly after 11 a.m., the ribbon was cut – with an archer's arrow, of course.
The hundreds of people streamed in, with employees chanting them on.
Meandering about the store with her husband and kids, Laurie Davister of Luxemburg looked for a new Dutch oven for camping.
"My favorite thing is to cook when we're camping," said Davister. "I make monkey bread in my Dutch oven when we're camping, so my kids like that for breakfast."
As much as the store allows people to find everything that they're looking for, it's also creating a big economic impact for people, by creating more than 300 new jobs.
"More than 250-300 jobs were created with this store," said Cabela's spokesman Wes Remmer. "All the excitement around the store has been good for everybody."
However, he says only about half of those positions are full-time.
The Cabela's site is actually on what once was a portion of wetlands. About 1.65 acres of wetlands was actually destroyed for the Cabela's store
The Green Bay Packers own the land. The team was in talks with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to install viewing platforms and kiosks about wetlands as a part of a mitigation plan. The Packers say those ideas fell through.
Cabela's says the wetlands preserved through construction will continue to be protected and possibly enhanced in the future.
"We've partnered with the Packers from the beginning," said Remmer about the wetlands and restoration plans. "And will continue to do so moving forward"
The store is the anchor for the Packers Titletown District plan.
As a part of the store's construction, the Packers spent $75,000 on a project with Ducks Unlimited at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico.
A Packers spokesman says that will be dedicated next month.
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