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Gander Mountain Coming To O'Fallon


ST. PAUL, MN, December 8, 2014 --- Springtime in southern Illinois means an abundance of amazing outdoor adventures. In 2015, it also means new opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts to find great prices, the top selection and friendly 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 O’Fallon, set to open in the spring.

“Gander Mountain is already 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 President and CEO. “We are thrilled to bring a new Gander Mountain store to O’Fallon, and to give our friends in southern Illinois and metro St. Louis more opportunities to experience our top-quality gear and knowledgeable service at great prices.”

The newest Gander Mountain will be located in a new 61,000-square-foot store at the northeast corner of Central Park Circle and Central Park Drive in O’Fallon, just off I-64 at the Green Mt. Road exit. It will be the ninth Gander Mountain location in Illinois, joining existing stores in Champaign, Geneva, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, a recently-opened store in Algonquin and a new store coming to Marion in 2015. O’Fallon will be the second location in the St. Louis metro area, after a new store opened in Fenton, MO, earlier in 2014

“We are really excited to welcome Gander Mountain to O’Fallon, and we know that they will meet the demands of the many outdoors enthusiasts in our community and in the region,” said Mayor Gary L. Graham of O’Fallon. “Our people love outdoor adventures and we’re all about business, so to have Gander Mountain bringing its good name and jobs to the community is outstanding.”

“We appreciate the warm welcome we have received from the people in O’Fallon and look forward to the grand opening of our most recent Illinois store in the spring,” said Eric Jacobsen, Gander Mountain’s Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate.

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

Customers will enjoy easy access to Gander Mountain’s unmatched selection of new and used firearms around the country, whether the firearms are located at other stores, in central distribution facilities or on Gander Mountain’s market-leading online store. Customers may order firearms and have access to all of Gander Mountain’s other terrific equipment, merchandise, apparel and footwear by using simple online order kiosks with easy delivery and pick-up at their favorite Gander Mountain store.

Gander Mountain also recently announced the outdoor retail industry’s first system-wide free Online Order Pick Up system, enabling customers to purchase products on-line and pick them up in-store the same day.

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

The new Marion store is the most recent location announced in a sizeable expansion. In 2012 and 2013 new Gander Mountain stores opened in:

Albany, GA

Charlottesville, VA

Dothan, AL

Florence, AL

Gastonia, NC

Lafayette, IN

Lewisville, TX

Mesquite, TX

Monroe, NC

Morrisville, NC

Opelika, AL

Rogers, MN

Round Rock, TX

San Antonio, TX

Tampa, FL

Tuscaloosa, AL

Valdosta, GA

Winston-Salem, NC

In 2014 Gander Mountain has opened 23 new stores:

Algonquin, IL

Arlington, TX

Augusta, GA

Avon, IN

Champaign, IL

Chattanooga, TN

Charlotte, NC

Fenton, MO

Gadsden, AL

Greenfield, IN

Johnson City, NY

Lake Worth, TX

Mt. Juliet, TN

McDonough, GA

Mobile, AL

Montgomery, AL

Newnan, GA

North Charleston, SC

Pensacola, FL

Raleigh, NC

Waco, TX

West Houston, TX

Woodbridge, VA

For 2015, Gander Mountain has announced stores for:

El Paso, TX

Marion, IL

Killeen, TX

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tulsa, OK

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

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 Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.