News of a Cabela's in Erie came as a bit of surprise for some on Monday. Outdoorsman like Steve Gens, of Westfield, New York, said he couldn't be happier.
"I'm an outdoors guy, I kind of like it for the fact that they carry pretty much everything and they're so much bigger than anything that is down here," said Gens.
Also excited about Cabela's coming to Erie is Buffalo Wild Wings. They opened seven years ago and since then, have seen two more restaurants pop next to them. Employees say they're just glad this time, it's not a business they have to compete with.
"I'm a little more excited that it's not another restaurant," said Mari Doyle-King. "I think having an actual sports store is going to help out a lot, and pull more people over here."
There are already three stores in the area that sell similar merchandise. Anthoni Rossi, employee of locally-owned Erie Sports Store, said he's not worried about the added competition.
"I don't think it'll be an issue," said Rossi. "We are more diversified. I can see it being an issue with Gander Mountain, because they're in more direct competition, but we kind of keep our niche."
Rossi said they're able to order more specific things for the customers, and cater to them more than a big chain like Cabela's could.
He also said, it could drive some business for them from tourists coming in for Cabela's.