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Camping Out for Cabela's Opening

(WBEN) By the time that Cabela's new sporting goods, hunting and fishing superstore opens Thursday morning, the first person in line will have been there for approx. 25 hours.

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Approximately 100 people were already camping out in the store parking lot as early as 4 am Thursday,  citing everything from gift card giveaways and the camaraderie as reasons why. By 8 am the crowds had grown to 400, according to store personnel.

At 11 am, a  company employee will cut a ribbon at the store's entrance-- by shooting an arrow through it.  The store will offer special guests, giveaways, family events and more as part of a  grand opening week that brought a stream of folks out in the middle of the night to be among the first in line on day one.
Do you understand why people would camp out for the opening of a hunting fishing and sporting goods store like Cabela's
Sure. It's a Party with Freebies
( 32% )
I wouldn't - Can't see why they do
( 68% )

Cabela's, which focuses on outdoor and hunting gear, has 44 stores in North America and plans to open 16 new locations over the next two years.

The 88,000 square foot store is located at at 2003 Walden Avenue, adjacent to the Walden Galleria at the southeast corner of I-90 and Walden Avenue in a shopping Center renamed Cabela's Crossing.

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Cheektowaga Police Lt. Steve Berecz
On The Scene At the new Cabela's Store
TRAFFIC ALERT: Cheektowaga Police have taken the extraordinary approach of asking motorists to avoid the Thruway-Walden Avenue area if at all possible because of the expected higher volume of traffic.

Here's a few photos of their early morning opening night camping adventure.

At Left, WBEN listener Dawn Borchert sent us this picture of  Grandpa and his four grandkids making a day of it at the Cabela's Grand Opening

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