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Huntsville, AL growing again

Huntsville welcomes new retailers
Huntsville welcomes new retailersMary Patterson

Retail growth continues in Huntsville. Cabela’s outdoor retailer announced plans to build an 80,000 square foot store at the planned Parkside Town Centre off of I-565 and Governor’s West Drive. The construction is set to begin this fall, opening in the fall of 2015. The retailer plans to employ 180 people from the area.

Huntsville Mayor, Tommy Battle, said that the revenue from sales tax brought in by retailers “means we can do infrastructure.”

Huntsville is also noted for its picturesque beauty and outdoor activities.

Parkside Town Centre is close to Bridge Street Town Centre now entering their development of phase III with the new flagship Belk.

The city will be investing about $3 million for road improvements, right of way acquisition and utilitiy installation. The city is not giving a sales tax rebate which is standard policy.

Cabela’s includes a wide range of total outdoor gear and land management products. Included in the store will be an archery range, archery technical room, gun library, boat shop, tractors and implements, bargain cave, a fudge shop and deli.

The bargain cave consists of overstock, special buy and clearance items.

The gun library sells new and used firearms, classics, and collectibles.

The wildlife and land management team will guide you through gardening, how to make food plots to attract bucks, and proper environment for waterfowl.

The 53-year-old Nebraska-based retailer has over 50 stores in the US and more due to open soon.

What will the impact be on existing sports shops and particularly Bass Pro Shop’s plans to build in Decatur? Many people feel Alabama can support these shops as outdoor life continues to grow. We shall see.