Cabela’s is projecting an October opening for its 42,000-square-foot Outpost now under construction in Central Texas Marketplace, and has begun soliciting applicants to fill jobs there.

Cabela’s, popular with outdoor enthusiasts for its extensive line of hunting, fishing and camping supplies, chose Waco as the site for its first Outpost prototype. It is a fraction of the size of such stores as the 230,000-square-foot model in Fort Worth, but fills the Nebraska-based company’s goal of creating a presence in midsize markets.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. of Minnesota is erecting the Cabela’s Outpost in Waco. Spokesman Mike Hinderman, who was in Waco on Tuesday, said he hopes to turn over the building shell to Cabela’s by mid-September, when store employees will begin installing display areas and shelving and stocking the store.

“We’ve had no problems keeping our schedule, though we had to excavate some of the expansive clay common in this area and replace it with infill,” Hinderman said.

He said the company has held firm to its policy of hiring as many local subcontractors as possible.

“We have 18 or 19 subs, and one is from out-of-state and another is from outside the area,” he said. “The others are from around here, including Waco, Hewitt and McGregor.”

The list includes Johnson Roofing, Nemmer Electric, Capstone Mechanical, H&B Contractors, Wolff Construction, Quality Brick Works and CMC/Alamo Steel.

Cabela’s has not announced the total number of people it hopes to employ in Waco. But its website said it is hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal employees in all areas of its Waco showroom, including hunting, fishing, clothing, camping, customer service, footwear, the gun counter and ammunition.

It reportedly has begun scheduling interviews with applicants, who can find out more about company hiring policies at www.

Kris Collins, who oversees business retention and expansion for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, said attracting Cabela’s to Waco represents a coup for the community, especially because the respected chain chose Central Texas for showcasing its new Outpost theme.

“Having Cabela’s choose Waco shows that people are noticing the exciting things going on here,” she said.