Delaware County Commissioner Dennis Stapleton isn't what you'd call an outdoorsman, but he's excited nevertheless by news that Cabela's Inc. plans to build an 80,000-square-foot store at the northeast corner of Gemini Parkway and Lyra Drive in the Polaris Centers development near I-71.

Delaware County Commissioner Dennis Stapleton isn't what you'd call an outdoorsman, but he's excited nevertheless by news that Cabela's Inc. plans to build an 80,000-square-foot store at the northeast corner of Gemini Parkway and Lyra Drive in the Polaris Centers development near I-71.

"In my 61 or 62 years, I've experienced my share of the outdoors," Stapleton said. "But I'm as likely as not to be home on the weekends. Still, I understand there are countless others in our region and across the state for whom the outdoors is their life. I'm excited for them."

Cabela's is an outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Its stores are known for their extravagant outdoor exhibits. The store near Wheeling, W.Va., has in it a display mountain inside it populated by dozens of stuffed animals.

The new store at Polaris will feature a 5,575-gallon aquarium. The store will have a gun library, bargain cave and fudge shop.

Cabela's sells hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings.

"The jobs alone that Cabela's will create - they are predicting 175 full- and part-time employees, not to mention the construction jobs - makes this an exciting project. The sales tax revenue for the county is just the icing on the cake," Stapleton said.

"Cabela's is a destination place and we're a destination county," he said.

Company spokesman Wes Remmer said the Cabela's at Polaris will include an exterior of log and stone as well as wood siding and a metal roof. The interior is "designed to surround customers in an outdoor experience" and will include conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy mounts displayed on a mountain.

County administrator Tim Hansley said Cabela's decision to locate in southern Delaware County speaks well of the region's demographics and attractions.

"Our residents have significant expendable income and a high level of education," Hansley said. "And Alum Creek, which is right nearby, is the fourth most- visited park in the state."

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' most recent annual report, Alum Creek drew 1,841,162 visitors in 2010.

"We analyze our customer base, both our online and our catalog customers, and we look for hot spots for our stores," Remmer said. "Central Ohio was definitely a hot spot."

In a statement, Cabela's CEO Tommy Millner said, "Generations of Ohioans have been loyal Cabela's customers and now, with this store, they will be able to really share in the Cabela's shopping experience."

Construction of the store is expected to begin in the spring with the Cabela's opening some time in 2013.

"We currently have 34 stores in the U.S. and Canada and we're opening six stores this year," Wemmer said. "The Polaris store is one of three we've announced for 2013 and our first store in Ohio."