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Plaza Fiesta mall comes down

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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The Cabela's chain of outdoor and sporting goods stores said Wednesday it will build a location next year on the site of the Plaza Fiesta shopping center, which is now being torn down.
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Plaza Fiesta is being torn down in preparation for Cabela's. The Cabela's chain of outdoor and sporting goods stores said Wednesday it will build a location next year on the site of the Plaza Fiesta shopping center.
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Plaza Fiesta is being torn down in preparation for Cabela's. The Cabela's chain of outdoor and sporting goods stores said Wednesday it will build a location next year on the site of the Plaza Fiesta shopping center. The new store comes as the Nebraska-based chain embarks on an expansion into the Southeast. But it will mark the end of Plaza Fiesta, a longtime local landmark that catered to Charlotte's growing Hispanic population over the last few years. Cabela's new 97,500-square-foot store will be visible from Interstate 77 across from the Carowinds amusement park. It will employ about 225 full- and part-time workers. Spokesman Wes Remmer said the company was drawn by the population of clients the chain already has in the area, judging by its catalog and online sales. Cabela's sells hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping gear. The store in Fort Mill will also have an antique gun library, indoor archery range, full-service boat shop and deli.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/21/19/20/gXlGY.Em.138.jpeg|206
    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Plaza Fiesta is being torn down in preparation for Cabela's. The Cabela's chain of outdoor and sporting goods stores said Wednesday it will build a location next year on the site of the Plaza Fiesta shopping center. The new store comes as the Nebraska-based chain embarks on an expansion into the Southeast. But it will mark the end of Plaza Fiesta, a longtime local landmark that catered to Charlotte's growing Hispanic population over the last few years.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/21/19/20/mhpI1.Em.138.jpeg|274
    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Plaza Fiesta is being torn down in preparation for Cabela's. The Cabela's chain of outdoor and sporting goods stores said Wednesday it will build a location next year on the site of the Plaza Fiesta shopping center. The new store comes as the Nebraska-based chain embarks on an expansion into the Southeast. But it will mark the end of Plaza Fiesta, a longtime local landmark that catered to Charlotte's growing Hispanic population over the last few years.

Demolition is underway at the Plaza Fiesta mall on Interstate 77 in Fort Mill, S.C., as crews tear it down to make way for a Cabela’s outdoor and sporting goods store.

The new Cabela’s is slated to be 97,500 square feet and will sell gear for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. It will also feature an indoor archery range, a replica of a mountain, an aquarium and “museum-quality wildlife displays.”

Cabela’s is headquartered in Nebraska, and the company has said it will open its Fort Mill store in spring 2015.

Plaza Fiesta, on 20 acres, had long been a landmark on the interstate south of Charlotte.

The mall featured an indoor play area for children and had catered to the region’s growing Hispanic population in recent years. Ely Portillo

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