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New Gander Mountain store coming to Champaign

 

ST. PAUL, MN, January 29, 2014 --- The New Year means new opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts in Illinois to find great prices, selection and service when shopping for the best in gear and apparel.  Gander Mountain is once again expanding the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of outdoor specialty stores with a new location in Champaign, set to open in the spring of 2014.

“For many years, Gander Mountain has been a well-known and trusted name in Illinois among those who love the outdoors, and who enjoy great traditions like hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s Chairman and CEO. “We are thrilled to bring another new Gander Mountain store to the state, and give our friends in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding region more opportunities to experience our top-quality gear and knowledgeable service at great prices.”

The store will be located in an existing facility of approximately 40,000 square feet at 2006 N Prospect Ave., between Super Target and Lowe’s, just north of I-74 at exit 181. It will be the sixth Gander Mountain location in Illinois, joining existing stores in Geneva, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield.

“In recent years Champaign has become home to world-class film festivals, music festivals, marathons and more. Visitors are drawn to our city for many reasons, and by adding Gander Mountain to our retail spectrum, there will be yet another outstanding reason to make Champaign a destination,” said Don Gerard, Mayor of Champaign. “I am proud and excited to welcome Gander Mountain to the best small city in America.”

“We appreciate the warm welcome we have received and look forward to our grand opening later this spring,” said Eric Jacobsen, Gander Mountain’s Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate.

Gander Mountain’s newest store will feature its industry-leading selection of new and used firearms, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, archery and outdoor recreation. The store will offer an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring exciting brands like The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Carhartt, Guide Series, Kühl and 5.11, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring top brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Danner, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

Customers will enjoy easy access to Gander Mountain’s unmatched selection of outdoor gear, apparel and footwear, and new and used firearms wherever the items are located, whether in other stores, in central distribution facilities or on Gander Mountain’s market-leading online store. Customers may order any of Gander Mountain’s terrific merchandise by using simple online order kiosks located in the store with easy delivery or in-store pick-up at their favorite Gander Mountain store. Gander Mountain’s friendly and highly trained associates will happily assist any customer with in-store or on-line purchases.

Additional details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the new store grand opening celebration will be available at www.GanderMountain.com.

The new Champaign store is the most recent location announced in a sizeable expansion. In the past 18 months new Gander Mountain stores have opened in:

Charlottesville, VA

Valdosta, GA

Morrisville, NC

Lafayette, IN

Opelika, AL

Florence, AL

Winston-Salem, NC

Gastonia, NC

Monroe, NC

Rogers, MN

Tuscaloosa, AL

Lewisville, TX

Mesquite, TX

Round Rock, TX

San Antonio, TX

Dothan, AL

Albany, GA

Tampa, FL

 

For 2014, stores have now been announced for:

Avon, IN

Raleigh, NC

Arlington, TX

Gadsden, AL

McDonough, GA

Pensacola, FL

Fenton, MO

Mt. Juliet, TN

Greenfield, IN

Chattanooga, TN

Champaign, IL

 

More new store announcements are expected soon.

Those interested in careers with Gander Mountain can explore current opportunities and submit an application on-line at http://careers.gandermountain.com/

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, is the nation's largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a "We Live Outdoors®" culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 127 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit www.GanderMountain.com. Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (www.overtons.com), a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.