ASHWAUBENON - Cabela's is in the final stretch for preparations at its Ashwaubenon store.
Pete Schumacher visited the store. He says it could take hours to see it all.
"They got everything you want. It's all in one store. It's nice, you can get lost in the place, really, and have fun doing it," said Pete Schumacher, Fond du Lac.
There are thousands of outdoor items. Store officials say the 400 animal mounts create an atmosphere that compliments the area.
"Customers can find almost every animal hunters would find out in the field here," said Wes Remmer, Cabela's spokesperson.
From the Wild West to World War II, a gun library showcases firearms through the years.
A walk-through aquarium features fish found in the area.
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"A lot of people will visit it. Get to enjoy it, rather than have it locked away somewhere," said Wayne Schumacher, Fond du Lac.
Workers are stocking shelves and learning the tricks of the trade.
"We're employing about 250 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees. Most of those people are from the Green Bay area," said Remmer.
The new store will provide competition for other outdoor retailers in Northeast Wisconsin. Managers at Gander Mountain in Howard told FOX 11 off camera they welcome Cabela's. The managers say many people travel great distances to get to the Green Bay area, and will likely visit both stores while they're here.
Remmer says Cabela's tracks sales as well.
"It is not uncommon for customers to drive 2 or 3 hours to shop with us," said Remmer.
Cabela's expects about two million visitors in this store each year.
"We anticipate it being a great spot. Now, we'll wait and see," said Remmer.
The grand opening is set with a ribbon cutting on July 25.
This will be the third store for Cabela's in Wisconsin. Other locations are Prairie du Chien and Richfield, near Milwaukee.
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