Legislation could be introduced this week that would make Cabela’s – the world’s largest retail and mail-order outdoor outfitter – eligible for incentives that could be worth millions of dollars if it builds one of its megastores in Kentucky.
According to a report in Franklin Favorite, a massive RV development proposed by former Camping World President David Garvin on 1,000 acres at I-65 and Ky. 100 in Franklin is one of four sites that Cabela’s may be considering.
The newspaper said Garvin planned to fly to Nebraska for a meeting with senior company officials of Cabela’s.
Kentucky Commerce Secretary George Ward also will attend the meeting. Ward said he is aware of the four Kentucky locations mentioned as potential Cabela’s sites.
“I won’t be promoting a specific site, but will be promoting Kentucky,” he said. “I’ve talked to David (Garvin) and he understands that. It is a company we’d love to have anywhere in Kentucky.”
“We feel pretty good about our chances. The company has a three-step process in considering a site, and we’re in the third step,” Garvin said.
He said the first step is a detailed analysis that includes the existing mail-order customer base, the number of hunters and fishermen in the area, its central location, the population base and transportation routes.
The second step is a site visit by the company’s development experts. “We had a visit about two months ago,” Garvin said. Only a few potential sites make it to the third step to meet with senior-level decision makers, he said.