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Cabela’s project in Cheektowaga to include a hotel

Say goodbye to Walden Village shopping center. Say hello to Cabela’s Crossing, the soon-to-be-rebranded retail plaza featuring not only the nationally known outdoor retailer but also a new Hilton-flagged hotel aimed at the regional and Canadian shoppers who flock to the Walden Galleria mall area.

Benderson Development Co. said Monday it is putting in a 105-room, all-suites hotel on the western tip of the Cheektowaga shopping plaza on Walden Avenue, where it also confirmed plans to replace a former Wegmans Food Market with the first Cabela’s store in New York State.

When completed, the 88,000-square-foot, freestanding Cabela’s store will employ up to 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, mostly from Cheektowaga and surrounding areas. Construction is slated to start this fall, and the store is expected to open in fall 2014. There are no plans to seek government assistance or tax breaks other than those available to anyone, officials said.

“We are extremely pleased for the opportunity to bring the very first Cabela’s to New York State and especially proud to bring it to our hometown,” said Randy Benderson, president of the development company founded by his father.

The outside of the store will feature Cabela’s trademark log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing, with a glass storefront. Besides the thousands of outdoor products Cabela’s carries, the store will include a gun library, bargain cave, boat shop, indoor archery range, a deli and fudge shop, and a large replica of a mountain.

“Cabela’s is truly one of the nation’s most sought-after retailers,” said Benderson Vice President Eric L. Recoon, who called it “truly a destination” store.

“This is an exciting moment, not only for us as a town, but for the entire State of New York,” said Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz, who donned a Cabela’s cap for the event.

The four-story Home2 hotel will be a “select-service” facility, located between the Burlington Coat Factory store and the Thruway, Recoon said. It has not yet come before the town for municipal approvals, but it is now listed on planning documents, and Recoon said it’s also likely to open in 2014.