Scheels celebrates completion of steel framing at new store

2013-06-07T18:03:00Z 2014-07-16T06:11:17Z Scheels celebrates completion of steel framing at new storeBy JAN FALSTAD jfalstad@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Scheels manager Dewey Algaard attached the last bolt to a beam 95-feet in the air at the superstore being built at Shiloh Crossing at Shiloh Road and King Avenue West. The “last bolt” ceremony Friday marked the completion of 18,000 bolts that have attached 3 million pounds of steel, enough to make 3,000 cars.

When the megastore opens Sept. 6, 2014, it will carry more than 2 million sporting goods items, compared to about 750,000 at the current store at Rimrock Mall, Algaard said.

The store with a Ferris wheel and saltwater aquarium will be the size of two football fields. Each year, the company based in Fargo, N.D., donates 10 percent of local sales to the Billings community. Scheels, initially a hardware store, has been a Billings business for 58 years.

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