Cabela’s was founded in 1961 by Richard N. Cabela as a mail order company.
In 1963, Cabela’s mailed their first catalog.
In 1970, the first location was opened in Sidney, Nebraska.
During the 80s, the company expanded their product offerings, including new products such as Gore-Tex and Leatherman.
In 1991, the company opened its first signature showroom in Sidney.
In 2004, Cabela’s went public and has expanded its retail store locations since that time.
Today, there are 35 Cabela’s showrooms in the US and 3 in Canada. Cabela’s corporate office is still located in Sidney, NE.
In October of 2016, Bass Pro Shops purchased Cabela’s for $5.5 billion. This is the 5th largest merger in the history of the US.
It is unknown at this time if all Cabela’s stores will be rebranded as Bass Pro Shops. Cabela’s credit card holders, however, will be able to use their cards at Bass Pro Shops.