Bass Pro Shops relocates more jobs from Cabela’s base
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Bass Pro Shops’ decision to relocate 118 jobs from its Cabela’s operation in Sidney to its own headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, has come as a further blow to the small Nebraskan town.
Cabela’s home in Sidney once employed some 2,000 people at its peak, almost a third of the town’s entire population. Today, following Bass Pro Shops’ $5.5billion acquisition of its rival in 2017, only around 200 remain.
“This is extremely sickening,” said Roger Galloway, the Mayor of Sidney. “These are people who live in Sidney and have been a part of the community for a long time, just like many before them who lost their jobs. We are very disappointed to see this happen.”
Bass Pro Shops said that employees among the 118 who choose not to move to Springfield will be offered severance and outplacement support.
“The relocation is consistent with the company’s long-term commitment to efficiently provide the highest levels of service,” said Bass Pro Shops spokesman, Jack Wlezien.
It has not been made clear how many Cablea’s jobs will eventually remain in the 15-building complex that dominates the Sidney skyline. The town dates back to 1867 and owes it existence to the Union Pacific Railroad.
The outdoor superstore chain was founded by Dick Cabela in 1961.