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Old 02-07-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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Anchorage, AK Press Release : Cabela's


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Old 02-08-2014, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Look forward to seeing the place!
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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I'm looking forward to seeing their place as well.

With Bass coming to Anchorage soon I don't see the demand to support so many stores in this outdoor retail industry. Something's got to give.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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This is just a random thought I had, note that I have no evidence this is true. I do have a business degree, but that isn't my profession or career I chose. So the below could be a bad way to look at things, but here goes.

The outdoor stores could be 'loss leader' stores for the company.

The stores may generate sales elsewhere, as the person buying merchandise in the lower 48 knows that when they go to AK they can get that stuff warrantied out or fixed while in AK on a hunting trip. A lot of people plan and stock up on stuff locally before they head out and look to see if the same store exists where they are going. (Just a thought, may not make that much of a difference).

Marketing will also take advantage of it. Let's say Cabela's closes down. Bass pro would have commercials, we are in XX states, including AK. And Cabela's isn't... I think this is why both are showing up at the same time. Neither one wants to be left out.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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Just about everywhere there is a Lowe's you will find a Home Depot.

Cabela's will become a must do destination for folks from bush Alaska just like Costco.

Cabela's has a large Alaska mail order business. I would guess most of those folks will buy in person now.

They should have opened an Anchorage store 25 years ago.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I know I'm spending a lot of money here when I go in to Anchorage, I just know it!
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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My boys will want to live in the camping section.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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They probably could...
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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This is just a random thought I had, note that I have no evidence this is true. I do have a business degree, but that isn't my profession or career I chose. So the below could be a bad way to look at things, but here goes.

The outdoor stores could be 'loss leader' stores for the company.

The stores may generate sales elsewhere, as the person buying merchandise in the lower 48 knows that when they go to AK they can get that stuff warrantied out or fixed while in AK on a hunting trip. A lot of people plan and stock up on stuff locally before they head out and look to see if the same store exists where they are going. (Just a thought, may not make that much of a difference).

Marketing will also take advantage of it. Let's say Cabela's closes down. Bass pro would have commercials, we are in XX states, including AK. And Cabela's isn't... I think this is why both are showing up at the same time. Neither one wants to be left out.
I think they will be a good selling store. The cool stuff they have, is what many Alaskans use everyday.

Sportsman Warehouse seems to do well, and they are a much smaller store, but a lot of them.

I can already feel the money getting sucked out of my pocket.....
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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This is just a random thought I had, note that I have no evidence this is true. I do have a business degree, but that isn't my profession or career I chose. So the below could be a bad way to look at things, but here goes.

The outdoor stores could be 'loss leader' stores for the company.

Perhaps, but on the other hand, many chain stores that open in Alaska become the highest producing per capita compared to the rest, and with free shipping to the store for a product one has to order will increase business vs. sitting at home and ordering from the competition.

The stores may generate sales elsewhere, as the person buying merchandise in the lower 48 knows that when they go to AK they can get that stuff warrantied out or fixed while in AK on a hunting trip. A lot of people plan and stock up on stuff locally before they head out and look to see if the same store exists where they are going. (Just a thought, may not make that much of a difference).

I have to agree wholeheartedly on the above.

Marketing will also take advantage of it. Let's say Cabela's closes down. Bass pro would have commercials, we are in XX states, including AK. And Cabela's isn't... I think this is why both are showing up at the same time. Neither one wants to be left out.
I have not looked a Bass Pro catalouge for some time, but they will certainly need to do alot of tayloring of their in-store merchandise to have a chance compared to what Cabela's has to offer.
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