Gander Outdoors held a recruiting event last month and an Onalaska construction firm announced it was remodeling the space in preparation for an opening this winter. The outdoor equipment retailer filed for bankruptcy in spring 2017.
In a Periscope video posted on his Twitter page Wednesday, Jan. 3, Lemonis went through the final list of stores he said will eventually be reopening as Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain.
Lemonis said the new stores will feature three distinct departments - focused on hunting and shooting, boating, and camping and active sports - run by separate businesses owned by Camping World.
Camping World is in the process of reopening numerous Gander Outdoor stores to serve customers passionate about hunting, fishing, marine and water sports, camping and shooting sports. It is now in the process of rebranding the store, including the name change to Gander Outdoors.
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The chairman of the company that bought Gander Mountain didn't include Watertown on a recent list of locations for new Gander Outdoors stores despite previous plans to reopen the store at the Salmon Run Mall.
Lemonis's company, Camping World Holdings, purchased Gander Mountain in an April bankruptcy auction, promising to keep at least 70 of the 162 stores open.
Earlier this week, Camping World said it agreed to acquire Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, a specialty retailer of outdoor gear and apparel with stores in the Midwest.
Camping World is located in Lincolnshire, Ill.