KNEB News has learned that 250 Cabela’s employees were told during a meeting with Bass Pro executives Tuesday that Bass Pro will retain opportunities in Sidney but there will also be “trimming” done because of the amount of redundancies between the companies.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the meeting was about an hour long and Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris told the employees it was important to Jim Cabela to keep a presence in Sidney at some level, but could not commit to what that meant. Morris reiterated that the call center in North Platte would remain and the call center for the club card in Lincoln would remain there with Capital One running back room operations.
The source said employees were told there had been discussions roughly ten years ago between Bass pro’s Dennis Highby and Jim Cabela about Cabela’s acquiring Bass Pro. That never came to fruition and Morris said shortly after Tommy Milner was made CEO the discussion began about Bass Pro acquiring Cabela’s, which was not completed until last week.