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Cabela's gets final approval in Woodbury

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It’s official: Cabela’s is coming to Woodbury.

Woodbury City Council approved Cabela’s plans Wednesday, June 26, after discussing parking and traffic concerns that may come with the large outdoor retailer.

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The council held a public hearing at City Hall, where no one from the public signed up to speak. Planning Commission had reviewed the project a week earlier and recommended approval.

Aside from traffic on Hudson Road, along with vehicles coming in and out of the store that will be located adjacent to Tamarack Village, council members expressed excitement about the addition of a Cabela’s store to Woodbury.

“I do think it’s exciting to have a business like this in Woodbury,” Council Member Amy Scoggins said. “But I do think we need to keep an eye on the traffic.”

The Woodbury engineering department conducted a traffic study where it was deemed necessary to add a turn lane on Hudson Road and onto Radio Drive and traffic signal modifications at the main entrance of Cabela’s off of Hudson Road.

Main access points into Cabela’s and other proposed retailers are full access points, while the other remaining access is a right-in, right-out to provide a better flow of traffic, City Engineer Paul Kauppi said.

Cabela’s was looked at as more of a destination and not a typical type of retailer that would require other traffic concerns, Kauppi added.

Senior Planner Eric Searles said the traffic study first identified types of movement that would result in traffic performing at a poor level, which is why the additional modifications were added to the construction plan.

The overall traffic in the area, where the landowner, Jerry’s Enterprises, is poised to build a fast food restaurant and a gas station, was concerning to Scoggins.

“That was the big thing when I heard Cabela’s was going to go there,” she said. “I just thought, ‘Well, I hope that it’s not going to cause a lot of traffic issues.’”

But she added she trusts traffic study results and staff’s plan to monitor the area in the future.

Council Member Paul Rebholz also said to keep an eye out for traffic coming from the northwest instead of stopping at red lights on Radio Drive.

“People will choose the path of least resistance,” he said, referring to cut-through traffic resulting from current Woodbury Drive closures.

Cabela’s was granted a permit to begin foundation and road realignment work, in preparation to build a total of 100,000 square feet that will include an outdoor display area and office space.

The new Woodbury store is slated for a fall 2014 opening and it will represent a new generation of smaller Cabela’s stores, according to company officials.

The Woodbury store will be the fourth in the state, following East Grand Forks, Owatonna and Rogers. The store is expected to employ up to 185 full- and part-time outdoor recreationalist employees.

“We’re looking forward to Cabela’s as are many other people,” Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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