Cabela’s set to reopen today, but cleanup remains after fire

By McLean Bennett

March 9, 2019

Cabela’s is scheduled to reopen today after a fire last month.
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RICHFIELD — The Cabela’s outdoor, fishing and hunting store that’s been closed since last month following a damaging fire was expected to reopen this morning, a corporate spokeswoman said Friday.

“The store still has some ongoing cleanup but only in contained areas,” Katie Mitchell, communications manager for Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s parent company, said in an email.

Mitchell said it could take up to another two weeks before the retailer would be fully open again.

Still, news that the popular outdoor chain’s doors would reopen could be welcome news for customers. The Richfield store’s Facebook page has fielded public inquiries from people wondering when the store would reopen since the company posted an online message Feb. 22 about the temporary closing.

The store closed for cleanup after a fire broke out in an upstairs arcade area on Feb. 21. By the time firefighters arrived to the incident, the building’s sprinkler system had extinguished the fire — blamed on an electrical malfunction with an arcade game — but a fire official said thousands of gallons of water had emptied into the building.

Smoke from the fire also damaged some merchandise.

“Any time you have smoke damage on products, even if minimal, we have to swap that out,” Jack Wlezien, Bass Pro Shops’ communications director, said last month.