Gander Mountain in
Waukesha, 2440 E. Moreland Blvd., is having a
Tim Snopek/Special to
WAUKESHA - It has been a
topsy-turvy ride for Waukesha's Gander Mountain, which
ultimately ended with the announcement that it will
remain open after its parent company filed for
bankruptcy after being purchased by Camping World.
First, it was announced about two months ago that the
store would remain open after the company filed for
bankruptcy, but on May 5 Gander Mountain said all of its
126 locations would close. But then late in the
afternoon on Monday it was confirmed that Waukesha's
will be one of the stores that will reopen with new
merchandise operated by Camping World but will retain
the Gander Mountain name.
store-closing sale is being held at Waukesha's Gander
Mountain store, 2440 E. Moreland Blvd., which will also
honor Gander Mountain gift cards until May 17. The
liquidation sales will end when all merchandise has been
Other Wisconsin Gander Mountain stores that will reopen
as part of the Camping World company are DeForest, Eau
Claire, Franklin, Kenosha, Onalaska and Rothschild.
Germantown's store apparently did not make the cut of 70
or more stores that Camping World hopes to take over,
according to a Monday release.
"After reviewing the stores in more detail since our
successful bid in the bankruptcy process, our current
goal is to operate 70 or more locations subject to,
among other things, our ability to negotiate lease terms
with landlords on terms acceptable to us and approval of
the Bankruptcy Court," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and
CEO of Camping World, in a statement. "The current
liquidation of the existing Gander Mountain inventory
will allow us to start with a clean slate of what we
consider the appropriate mix and level of inventory,
including the addition of Camping World and Overton's
offerings where appropriate."
nationwide sale at all Gander Mountain stores is being
conducted by a joint venture consortium consisting of
Tiger Capital Group, Great American Group, Gordon
Brothers and Hilco Merchant Resources.Ê
Paul, Minnesota-based Gander Mountain filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection on March 10. The consortium
prevailed in its April 28th bid to become the
liquidating agent for the Gander Mountain inventory.
"Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the most
sought-after, high-performance outdoor gear at extremely
compelling prices," stated the news release. "This final
liquidation sale presents outdoor enthusiasts with a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take deep discounts on
this terrific gear. Many of these brands are rarely, if
ever, discounted, so shoppers will want to come in early
to take advantage of these sales."
Gander Mountain, known as "America's Firearm
Supercenter," offers extensive lines of shooting sports,
hunting, fishing, camping, marine, apparel, footwear and
outdoor lifestyle merchandise.
Camping World Holdings Inc. through its two iconic
brands, Camping World and Good Sam, offers new and used
RVs for sale, vehicle service and maintenance along with
more than 10,000 products and services through its
retail locations and membership clubs.