A Grander Reopening for Gander Outdoors

AMARILLO - Gander Outdoors held its grand re-opening on Saturday morning.

The sports and outdoor store, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is back and open for business in the Panhandle.

Marcus Lemonis, the star of CNBC's "The Profit" and Chairman of Camping World Holdings, bought Gander Mountain's assets and intellectual property after its bankruptcy in May of 2017.

Lemonis and Camping World Holdings have begun to re-open stores and expand across the country, as Amarillo is one of four locations in Texas.

Store Manager Reginald Taylor said in the past, Gander Mountain did not succeed the first time, mostly because of inventory problems.

Taylor said since the takeover, the company has listened to customers and used survey information to get more of what shoppers want on the shelves.

"We went through several complicated issues meeting the community's demands, getting the things that they wanted to see in the building, the most updated products..." Taylor said. "With us having such an avid hunting community, you've really got to have the best of the best in order to keep them as a customer."

Taylor said they have added a service area for equipment available at the store, including repairs for bikes, firearms, bows and more. 

He said the store also features a feeder with new technology to detect the species approaching it and dispense food accordingly.

The new Gander Outdoors store remains in the same location as the old store at 10300 I-40 Frontage Road and will employ more than 70 part-time employees and full-time staff.

Taylor said Gander Outdoors plans to give back to the community and will host a skeet shooting fundraiser in May to benefit the local Boy Scouts.

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