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As I was...

Its Louisville actually...

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nothing but an idea

This is just the city council of Louisville throwing out an idea.  Not really a bad idea either.  However, it's pretty obvious from what was written that the city of Louisville dosen't seem to be too familiar with Cabelas, the market they serve, or how Cabelas operates.  Cabelas so far has not commented on it nor do they seem to be taking it seriously.  I doubt they will too.  Cabelas, like Bass Pro would not want to just move into a pre-existing building.  With these guys it's all about the presentation, they want a building of their own specific design and look.  They don't want a plain jane warehouse building.  Only thing I like is that it would be real close to my house.

I don't agree with what the article was saying about competition and markets.  Cabelas serves a whole totally different sporting goods market niche than Neptune Mountaineering and REI do.  I don't see any competition there. Both Neptune and REI serve the mountianeering, rock climbing, back country skier, and avid backpacker market.  Fishing and hunting are not their market, and personally from what I gather I think companies like Neptune and REI support organizations that are against hunting. I used to be an enthusiastic mountaineer and back country skier, so I spent a lot of time in Neptune Mountaineering's Boulder store in the past, believe me, you won't see any support for NRA, Boone & Crocket Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mnt Elk Foundation, etc at that place. 

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I agree with what you are

I agree with what you are saying.  I like the idea since it is close to where I work, but I just don't see Louisville being neither the market nor the location that Cabelas would target.  The local market is more recreationalists, many of which are strongly anti-hunting.  Also, Cabelas chose the former site in Wheatridge because it was along a major access point to the mountains and, while not centrally located in Denver, it was a drivable location for most of the Denver Metro area.  Louisville just is not as accessible.  I am curious to find out if anything comes of it, but I seriously doubt anything will.  

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Louisville

No, I wasn't saying that the market in and around Louisville is not a hunting market.  What I was refering to were stores and shops in Boulder like REI and Neptune Mountaineering not having to worry about competing with cabelas if a Cabelas store were to open in Louisville. I doubt there would be any competition, those stores serve a different market, not nessesarily because of where they are located, but because of the types of outdoor sports they serve.  I think Louisville would be a good location for a Cabelas, probably not the best, but it's plenty accessable from Hwy 36. There is plenty of space out by Flat Irons Mall or out off of the Superior exit by Costco.  I know many folk in and around Louisville/Lafeyett/Boulder area who hunt big and small game.  So the market is there.  Personally if Cabelas is looking for a decent sized city in Colorado to set up shop at they should take a closer look at places like Colorado Springs, Longmont, Ft Collins/Loveland, Golden, or even Castle Rock. 

I think in a place like Boulder you'd have Cabelas being sabotaged and vandalized daily for tending to hunters needs. Cabelas would get fed up of cleaning red paint off their front doors and quickly close or relocate. Maybe if cabelas ever gets into a market of selling marijuana, crystals, incense, self-help books, or new-age spiritual books, even excotic tea, then they'll be more accepting to that crowd in Boulder. lol

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Government Restrictions

This thread proves to me that government, be it local or national, is the hinderance to free enterprize that needs to be avoided.

If the local Wheatridge government would've gotten out of the way, instead of being a roadblock, some local folks would've found employment and the tax revenues would've been increased from the business as well as the shoppers. It seems that we cut off our nose to spite our face more often than not.

 

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Road Blocks

BikerRN wrote:

This thread proves to me that government, be it local or national, is the hinderance to free enterprize that needs to be avoided.

If the local Wheatridge government would've gotten out of the way, instead of being a roadblock, some local folks would've found employment and the tax revenues would've been increased from the business as well as the shoppers. It seems that we cut off our nose to spite our face more often than not.

 

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On the other hand if the city government of Wheatridge had not had any foresight and stepped in, and Cabelas went ahead and built anyway, that bend in the highway would have ended up with a major road block literally.  Not sure how familiar you are with that exact location, or how familiar you are with how overly congested and gridlocked traffic has become on Denvers area highways, but I'm pretty familiar with that area. A rearrangement of the exits and frontage roads would need to be made to prevent I-70 from backing up even further in that bend. 

Then again you make a good point.  I often wonder how it is that we put a man on the moon within 6 years of being offered the challenge, or how they completed the entire US highway system in 35 years, yet today it seems to take 15 years just to complete only a few miles of highway or road.  Confused

And here in Colorado we pay one of the highest vehicle registration tax in the country.  The roads could be rearranged to suite the needs of that site in a timely manner.  It surely isn't a lack money issue.  I'm certain of that.  Maybe a money mismanagement issue.

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