With economic growth that is outpacing the national average, Northwest Arkansas is in the enviable position of being able to support new businesses both small and large.
One of the most anticipated new shopping destinations is the state’s first Cabela’s store, which is in the final stages of construction. Located next to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers, it is set to open Aug. 30.
While the 100,000-square-foot store will feature the national chain’s signature rustic facade, the interior will be Cabela’s next-generation layout, which includes a built-in aquarium, conservation-themed wildlife displays, trophy animal mounts, a gun library, bargain cave and a cafe with a fudge shop.
“It’s always exciting to bring Cabela’s unique retail experience to another state,” said Tommy Millner, the firm’s chief executive officer. “Many people in Arkansas have been longtime Cabela’s catalog and Internet customers, so it’s our honor to serve them in our retail stores, too. We look forward to sharing our passion for the outdoors with the hunters, anglers and campers of the Natural State.”
Cabela’s carries all things outdoors, including outdoor-themed gifts and home furnishings. Boaters, hunters, anglers, hikers and campers all will find merchandise related to their sport or activity.
Another addition for area shoppers is the Adventure Subaru dealership in Fayetteville, which opened June 23.
Co-owner Don Nelms purchased the land near the Porter Road exit off Interstate 540 more than 10 years ago with the foresight of eventually needing to relocate. The dealership was previously located on College Avenue in Fayetteville.
“We knew we had great products with the Subaru brand, and I’m glad to see that Adventure Subaru has grown to the point that we need new facilities,” he said. “My son David and I have been working on this relocation project for about three years.”
The new facility at 2269 N. Henbest Drive will showcase more new and used vehicles on the showroom floor and the lot.
Co-owner and general manager Dennis Nelms anticipates sales of about 1,500 new and used vehicles per year.
“It’s in a great central location, and it’s easy to get in and out of,” he said. “This will enhance our sales of new and used cars along with our excellent service and parts operations.”
In addition to those large retail additions, smaller businesses have been popping up all over Northwest Arkansas.
Downtown Rogers has been home to a few new businesses, including The Rusty Chair, Finders Keepers Fleatique and Heirloom Food and Gifts.
Dana Mather, events and promotions coordinator for Main Street Rogers, said, “We have been growing a boutique collection of antique stores and high-end flea markets and upscale resale.”
Mather said Main Street also has women’s clothing stores along with other specialty shops that carry wedding gowns, furniture, bikes, skateboards, golf equipment, high-end art and even “whimsical fruits and vegetables.”
In Fayetteville, a unique new pet store opened in May, where the staff helps customers understand pet nutrition.
Bill and Jan McQuade recently opened The Whole Pet at 2423 N. College in Fayetteville. None of the store’s pet food products contain corn, wheat, soybean meal, gluten meals, brewers rice or by-product meals, Bill McQuade said.
Research, 40 years of experience and observation of the health problems of their numerous grooming clients caused by poor diet led the McQuades to establish a business philosophy focused on the good health of their clients’ pets.