Nearly 30 Gander Outdoors stores may be closed

Almost 30 Gander Outdoors stores, like the one at the Salmon Run Mall, that do not offer RV products or services will be closed, sold, moved or repurposed.

WATERTOWN — The owner of Gander Outdoors, which has a store that occupies a prominent storefront in the Salmon Run Mall, plans to either close, sell, move, or repurpose nearly 30 locations.

Camping World Holdings Inc., which manages about 200 outlets under the Gander Outdoors brand, on Sept. 3 announced its intention to “strategically shift away” from stores that do not offer recreational vehicles, RV service, RV parts and RV accessories. The Watertown store does not offer such RV items.

Company and mall officials did not return requests for comment regarding whether the Watertown outlet would be affected. Signs advertising a 40 percent off sale on all goods except firearms, ammo and generators, as well as other deals, have been posted throughout the Watertown store.

The retailer owns 165 locations that offer RV products and services and 37 that lack them. Of those 37 locations, Camping World Holdings plans to close, sell, move, or repurpose 27, according to a news release. The company, however, plans to incorporate RV products and services into certain stores that do not offer them.

“We believe the sale and/or servicing of recreational vehicles is our core and most important offering and, with the RV and outdoor consumer crossover, we believe there is an opportunity to continue growing our market share and improve our financial performance through the operation of locations with RV sales and/or service and, when feasible, our hunting, fishing and camping products,” wrote Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis in a statement. “We will continue to operate our RV sales and/or service locations under three banners, Camping World, Gander RV and Outdoors and Gander RV.”

Gander Outdoors opened last summer in the storefront its predecessor, Gander Mountain, occupied for years. Camping World purchased the bankrupt Gander Mountain retail chain in 2017.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(4) comments


Gander is way over priced and the selection is poorer than any other store of its type in this area with the exceptions of Field and Stream Sporting Goods managing store (Since you can't mention the name of the retailer because the bots thinks it is profanity). I don't think the brand will overcome the politics of the CEO.


Are you talking about Ticks?


Ain't gonna happen. If Bass Pro/Cabela's thought a store would work here (and the majority of their stores are standalone, versus mall stores for the same reason as the downfall of the local Gander Outdoors), they would have done it already (and they sold off 11 stores this year, so they're reducing their footprint, NOT increasing it).

Also the buying "power" of just North Country folks isn't enough to sustain a store the size of their standard footprint. Those tourists you look down on are why fishing charters and such are in business and sustain the economy for when tourist season is over.

Mud Duck

Good! I am tired of their overpriced items, which I do not buy. It is time we get a REAL store for sportsmen, like Bass Pro/Cabelas. Let the tourists doing the camping bring their own gear with them, which they probably are. I would think that hunting and fishing in our area far outweighs camping.

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