The shuttered Gander Mountain store near the St. Augustine Outlets is slated to reopen in the summer as Gander Outdoors.
The news was announced earlier this month via a release from BusinessWire.
Gander Mountain was acquired in 2017 by Camping World Holdings, and many of the stores were closed while others remained open.
While the St. Augustine store was closed, Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, said in a release that the newly rebranded store would open some time between late May and late June.
“It was important to me to bring the Gander Outdoors back to the wonderful community of St. Augustine because the employees were top notch and the store was a great performer serving the outdoor enthusiast community,” Lemonis said in the release. “In addition to the St. Augustine location, we are currently pursuing other locations for reopening and expansion and expect to announce additional locations and markets in the coming weeks.”
Indeed, there were dozens of similar releases put out on BusinessWire announcing the reopening of Gander stores around the country.
The new St. Augustine store is located at 550 Prime Outlets Blvd. and has about 65,000 square feet of retail space. The plan is to employ up to 70 workers. Applicants can go to ganderoutdoors.com for information.
Gander Outdoors will be very familiar to Gander Mountain customers as it will serve “the hunting, camping, fishing, shooting and active sports markets.”
The Gander store in St. Augustine is located right next to a Camping World store. Camping World Holdings, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is an outdoor and camping retailer, offering an assortment of recreational vehicles for sale, RV and camping gear, RV maintenance and repair.
According to Reuters, Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March 2017 with a plan to quickly sell itself after struggling with excess inventory and seeing its approximately 160 stores underperform. Camping World won the bid to acquire the stores in April.