Minnesota-based national outdoor retailer Gander Outdoors today announced the opening of stores in Utica, Port Huron, Traverse City, Coldwater, Saginaw, Marquette, Kalamazoo, and Flint. Formerly Gander Mountain, the company was purchased in bankruptcy court in May 2017 by television personality Marcus Lemonis, who is beginning to reopen stores nationwide.
The Utica location opened in mid-December and the Port Huron location is slated to open in May. Located at 13975 Hall Rd in Utica and 4055 24th Avenue in Port Huron, these locations are projected to bring more than 115 jobs to the area, along with the 31,000 and 37,000-square-foot outdoor retail, apparel, supply, and service spaces.
“It was important to me to bring the Gander Outdoors back to the wonderful community of Detroit because the employees were top-notch and the stores were great performers serving the outdoor enthusiast community,” says Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, Gander Outdoors’ parent company. “In addition to the Detroit locations, we are currently pursuing other locations for reopening and expansion, and expect to announce additional locations and markets in the coming weeks.”
Lemonis intends to operate Gander Outdoors “with a clear path to profitability” with a goal of operating 70 or more locations across the U.S. Gander Outdoors is an outdoor retailer dedicated to servicing the hunting, camping, fishing, shooting, and active sports markets.
Camping World Holdings, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., was founded in 1966. It has more than 135 retail locations in 36 states and an e-commerce platform. Camping World’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWH”.