Several police volunteers also man the substation to allow the officers to spend more time patrolling the mall.
Cabela’s, one of 12 anchor stores at the 1.2 million square-foot shopping center, appreciates the support it receives from the Hazelwood Police Department and recently donated a Remington gun safe to its substation at St. Louis Mills.
“The Hazelwood police offers here at St. Louis Mills have been amazing as far as keeping us safe, operating in a safe manner, and responding quickly to our security needs,” said Ben Swope, Cabela’s asset protection manager. “Through conversations we’ve had with the officers, we learned the substation needed a safe to secure evidence. I partnered with the store’s general manager and the director of asset protection, and we made a decision to donate a gun safe to the police station.”
Swope goes on to say that the Hazelwood police officers spend a lot of time at the store and give them a lot of attention. “Their service has been excellent. I’ve been in this industry for quite a while, and the partnership we’ve formed with the Hazelwood Police Department has been unmatched by any other police departments I’ve dealt with over the years,” he noted.
In 2010, Cabela’s in Hazelwood outperformed 29 other company stores nationwide and won both the Store of the Year and the Customer Service Store of the Year awards. Visits were made by Cabela’s founder Jim Cabela and CEO Tommy Milner to celebrate this occasion and reward their employees for a job well done.
The Cabela’s Store of the Year is awarded to the retail store that leads the company in operational efficiency. The Customer Service Store of the Year is awarded to the store that provides the most outstanding level of Cabela’s legendary customer service.
After Cabela’s decided to open it’s only store in Missouri at St. Louis Mills, the City of Hazelwood formed a partnership with the company to finance a Wildlife Museum inside the store for the following reasons: to help attract more customers; to generate additional sales; and to provide an educational experience for thousands of school-age children on a yearly basis.
PHOTO CAPTION – (from left to right) Capt. Henry Mansker, Office Jason Corson, Officer Jason Anderson, Cabela’s Asset Protection Manager Ben Swope, Officer Tim Snipes, Office Ed Wagner, and Cabela’s Senior Asset Protection Specialist Alex Hennesy.