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C-A-L Ranch to open new store; Manzanita Outdoor to relocate

Dave Wheeler, owner of Manzanita Outfitters, is closing store in the Depot Marketplace shopping center. (Courier file photo)

Dave Wheeler, owner of Manzanita Outfitters, is closing store in the Depot Marketplace shopping center. (Courier file photo)

C-A-L Ranch Stores is opening its first store in Arizona on Willow Creek Road, and Manzanita Outdoor is moving to the downtown area.

Dave Wheeler of Manzanita is moving his outdoor recreation equipment store after five years at Frontier Village.

Wheeler plans to reopen the store in the Depot Marketplace shopping center at the intersection of Sheldon and Montezuma streets behind the Starbucks coffee shop in early November.

"The center (Frontier Village) is getting emptier and emptier, and we want to be in town," he said. "We want to be closer to our customers and to things that go on in town."

Phoenix-based W.M. Grace Development, which manages the shopping center, did attempt to keep Manzanita, but Wheeler said they couldn't give any firm news about adding tenants, so he chose to sign a five-year lease at the Depot Marketplace.

Wheeler's store offers everything from shoes to packs and kayaks, and he added bicycles and apparel in April.

"I didn't see that any kind of a rent restructuring was going to make any difference at all," he said. "They did the best they could and they actually worked with me quite a bit to make it possible to fulfill my obligation with the lease."

C-A-L Ranch Stores, meanwhile, will be setting up shop into part of the former K-Mart building on Willow Creek Road.

Dustin Lee, marketing manager for the Idaho-based chain, said Friday they plan to open the store in early October, as well as one in Flagstaff early next year.

The chain got its start in 1959 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The chain then opened stores in Utah in 1998, and now has stores in Nevada as well. The Prescott location is the 16th store.

C-A-L Ranch features a mix of ranch and farm supplies for the agricultural community. Lee said the store sells animal feed, and clothing, and has a large hunting and sporting goods department.

"We think will be a pretty good fit down there (in Prescott)," he said.

Lee said they have about 35 to 40 employees per store. A job fair is set for Sept. 1 with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, which is helping to screen prospective employees.

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