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Cabela’s may be hunting for a buyer

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cabela’s, the outdoor sporting goods chain known for its elaborate store layouts, may be seeking a buyer.

The company said early Wednesday that it’s exploring strategic alternatives, sending shares up more than 4 percent before the opening bell.

The retailer has been under pressure since late October when the investment firm Elliott Management bought a 6 percent stake and pushed for strategic changes from the company, like the potential sale of its credit card unit.

In September Cabela’s laid off 70 people, eliminating about 4 percent of its corporate workforce.

CEO Tommy Millner said in a written statement that Cabela’s continues to honor its commitments and that the Sidney, Nebraska, company remains focused on its business.

Cabela’s came to Fort Worth in 2004 after the city created a Tax Increment Financing district to pay for improvements to the area. There are also Cabela’s retail locations in Allen, Waco and Buda. 

The entire retail sporting goods sector has been under pressure for some time.

Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., Hibbett Sports Inc. and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. are all down between 20 percent and 35 percent over the past year. In that regard, Cabela’s has fared better.

Shares of Cabela’s Inc., of which the founding family still holds a significant stake, are down 11 percent this year. But they’ve risen more than 18 percent in the last month on speculation of a buyout.

The company was founded in 1961.

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