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Sidney Cabela's dedicates 'Store of the Year' win to Dick Cabela

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Just before 10:30 am on Friday nearly 400 Cabela's corporate employees formed a human tunnel on the lawn in front of the Cabela's retail store in Sidney.

High–fives, thumb's up, and congratulatory handshakes were then given to the employees of that store as they made their way through the tunnel to a white party tent in the parking lot.

The celebrations came as the Sidney location earned the title of '2013 Store ofthe Year.'

All 52 Cabela's stores are ranked each year by customerreviews and retail performance, and for the first time since it was built in1969, the Sidneylocation took home the prize.

"To be the best of the best of the best is an incredible honor," said Cabela's CEO Tommy Millner. "This is every aspect of retail performance. They werethe best of the best. So to celebrate this in our home town, with our homestore, it just don't get any better than that at Cabela's."

Although the celebration was bittersweet, as the announcementcomes shortly after Cabela's co–founder Dick Cabela passed away.

"It was great that they won," said Cabela's COO Michael Copeland. "But certainly we'd like to have one of our co-founders Dick here to see it. But we know that he's here watching, and we know that he's present and we know that he is proud of this store."

Dick Cabela's brother Jim was at the celebration, and waspresented a plaque commemorating Dick's legacy.

"The management team met in one of the conference rooms the day that he passed away and said 'You know what, we're going to dedicate this win to Dick, if we win this award we're dedicating it to Dick."

A moment of silence was held for Dick Cabela during the party, and afterwards Jim Cabela was brought on stage and presented a plaque with a photo of he and Dick together on the day the Cabela's store was being built. 

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