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Posted on Fri, May 3, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Officials: 2,000 Dundee Cabela's shoppers line up for store's reopening

By Kyle Feldscher

An estimated 2,000 people showed up outside the Cabela’s in Dundee, Mich. in anticipation of the store reopening after an electrical fire last week, according to store officials.

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Officials estimated 2,000 people lined up outside Cabela's waiting for its reopening Friday.

The store reopened at 4 p.m. Friday after closing after an April 24 fire. The small electrical fire damaged parts of the store, but much more damage was done by smoke and chemicals from fire extinguishers used to put out the fire.

Officials said an estimated 2,000 people were waiting outside the store, 110 Cabelas Blvd., in a scene seemingly pulled from Black Friday sales after in November.

“The store looks fantastic,” Joe Ross, general manager, said in a news release. “What we pulled off is truly amazing. The store is neat. The store is clean. A lot of people are proud to be part of this. We put our house back together.”

According to officials, the first man in line arrived at 10 a.m. Friday. John Dunphy, from Perrysburg, Ohio, said he wouldn’t wait for any other store.

“I told my wife I would never do Black Friday, or any other of that waiting in line stuff,” he said in a statement. “Now here I am.”

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michael Limmer

Thu, May 9, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

Wonder if they will want another tax break to fund the remodeling.


Sun, May 5, 2013 : 7:13 p.m.

Cabela's a fine store, but it ain't Disneyland. Why are 2,000 people lining up to get in? Surely there's more to this than a two-week shutdown.


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 4:43 p.m.

Why does keep using a picture of what looks like the Grandville store and not the Dundee store? Just strikes me as lazy...

Nicholas Urfe

Sun, May 5, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

I thought they were all the same. Like Mcdonalds.

Joe Zurawski

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

I was there. I got there about 3:30. The line was two and three wide and about 1/3 of the way around the store. By the time they opened the doors it was about half way around. I'd guess the store's estimate of 2000 was extremely low. And yes, once the doors opened I'd say about half went straight for the ammo section.


Sun, May 5, 2013 : 4:21 a.m.

@Joe Zurawski. Knowing you to be a dedicated fisherman, I'll bet you were there to buy some new "Bass popper" plugs. Not!


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 2:56 p.m.

It is also the start of fishing season....just saying.


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 3:03 p.m.

They also sell camping gear, and it is early May. For many folks, it may be time to pick up a few things before the first camping trip of the season.


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

Could this explain the ammunition shortage? 'Armed revolution to protect liberties' may soon be necessary, 44% of Republicans say. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll found nearly half of Republican respondents believe a gun-fueled rebellion may soon be a reality.


Sun, May 5, 2013 : 4:20 a.m.

Political Scientists say it is a remote, very remote, possibility.


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 1:51 p.m.

That was my first thought also .... what???


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 12:02 p.m.

The reason why people are waiting in line is to see if the ammunition shelves have been re-stocked. Huge purchases of ammunition by homeland security have caused nationwide shortages of popular ammunition.


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

If you google "ammunition shortage homeland security" the first link is from WorldNetDaily.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 1:42 p.m.

1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. WHY?


Sat, May 4, 2013 : 10:40 a.m.

Wait, what??!! They're not even doing sales, just reopening after being closed for less than two weeks and two thousand people are waiting in line? OH. MY. GOSH. **slams hand on forehead**

Usual Suspect

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

I would say it's not very strange to have this many people waiting for it to open. First of all, it's a store that draws from the whole region, not just the immediate are (it has drawn more than any Michigan tourist attraction since it opened). Second, it's the beginning of the outdoor season for many people and with Cabela's they can get all the stuff they need in one place. Third, as somebody else pointed out, people are probably hoping to that they have had ammunition shipments while they were closed and have some for sale. It's very hard to find right now.

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

Are any of the clothes at the store imported from asia? Most? Are any of them from the factory that collapsed? How would you know?

Nicholas Urfe

Sun, May 5, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

Don't pretend you have no choice but to buy imported clothes. That is not a defense. Do a search for clothing made in the usa and you'll see many choices. Profits are what drive outsourcing of production to asia. Just say no.


Sun, May 5, 2013 : 4:19 a.m.

@Nicolas Urfe. Dint ya ken? Other than Oshkosh by Gosh overalls and Hart Schaffner Marx suits and blazers, All clothing is from Asia! Check the clothes you are now wearing. What Nick? Have you been living under a log . . .

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

Read the labels.

Usual Suspect

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 3:52 a.m.

How would YOU know?

Jack Gladney

Fri, May 3, 2013 : 11:57 p.m.

Sheeple make the world go 'round.

John of Saline

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 10:51 p.m.

Hipsters make hot air.

Use Logic

Fri, May 3, 2013 : 11:44 p.m.

And I'll bet the firearms department/ ammo shelves still look like a grocery store before Hurricane Andrew.


Sun, May 5, 2013 : 4:16 a.m.

@Use Logic. You got that right! I'll bet you weren't down in Dundee for the day.

Matt Lang

Sat, May 4, 2013 : 11:38 a.m.

the zombie apocalypse is going to happen any day, we need to be ready.