Thousands Welcome Cabela's
About two thousand people lined up outside a new retailer in Union Gap today -- anxious to get a good look inside the brand new Cabela's Outpost.
Thousands of people cheered as an arrow pierced an orange disc -- cutting the ribbon on Cabela's Outpost in Union Gap.
Marshall Dawson waited in line for hours this morning -- and was one of the first customers in the store.
"I buy a lot of stuff off the catalogue, I've been waiting a long time to see one come to Yakima, and finally we got one," said Dawson.
Cabela's is one of three businesses to open this week in Union Gap.
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar opened up yesterday, and J.C. Penney had a soft opening last Sunday.
The three businesses bring almost 300 jobs to the Yakima Valley, with more jobs possible during the holidays.
City officials say these three businesses bring not only hundreds of jobs to the Yakima Valley, but they also keep shoppers from spending money outside of it.
"We have a lot of people leaving town in the past to go shop in Seattle, shop in the Tri-Cities. Now this will probably do a lot to reverse that. You'll see people staying here. And people probably coming from out of the county to come and shop here too," said Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon.
The sales will boost the income for the city-- which relies on their sales tax revenue.
Union Gap shoppers like Don Kammerzell, are glad cities like Seattle won't be taking away as much of that revenue from Union Gap.
"People don't have to go there to buy stuff --- to get stuff. It should bring in a lot of people from the smaller towns to shop," said Kammerzell.
J.C. Penney will be having an official grand opening tomorrow at 9:30.