OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans who love hunting, fishing and the outdoors will soon have a new place to shop.
Cabela’s announced plans open a store in Oklahoma City.
That’s a first for the metro.
Cabela’s is just one business in a much larger development that’ll transform Western and Memorial, just south of the turnpike, into a shopping and entertainment hub.
The 180 acre development plans are called Chisholm Creek.
A high tech, multi-level driving range called Top Golf has already been announced.
A new health complex under construction by Saint Anthony’s is in the works.
Now, Cabela’s has been made official.
“We’re really excited to see the area develop more, there will be more for us to do out here,” said Amanda Fleischer who lives near the area.
Still, traffic south of Western and Memorial can be a problem already.
That’s led to one big concern.
“It gets back up as it is and with more exciting stuff to offer, it’s going to get backed up,” said Fleischer.
The larger plans also include a possible hotel, restaurants, offices, condos, walking trails and more.
The founder of a non-profit, helping families in need located along Western, also hopes the development is a positive for the area, but again with one concern.
“Oklahoma City is growing in a good way and it will benefit a lot of people,” said Bethel Foundation founder Lynda Powell. “But it will bring a whole lot more traffic.”
City leaders admit turning lanes and traffic signals may have to be added to ease the congestion that’s sure to come.
For a long time, there have been rumors that a Costco could be included in the development.
That still has not been confirmed.
The goal is to open many of the projects, including the health center and driving range, early next year.