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2 Gander Outdoors closing in Minnesota, amid wider closures nationally

The stores in Eden Prairie and Bemidji are shutting down.

Minnesota is losing two Gander Outdoors stores, just 18 months after the chain formerly known as Gander Mountain was saved from extinction.

Lakeland PBS reports that closing sales at the Bemidji store started a few weeks ago, with many items now on sale for up to 60 percent off.

The Star Tribune meanwhile is reporting that "store closing" signs have been erected at the store in Eden Prairie.

Gander Mountain was rescued by entrepreneur and TV personality Marcus Lemonis, owner of the Camping World chain, in spring 2018 after the retailer filed for bankruptcy.

He re-opened several stores in Minnesota after rebranding the chain as Gander Outdoors.

However, the company announced last month that intends to close, sell, or "re-purpose" 37 locations across the country, with those affected the stores that don't sell RVs or offer RV services – such as Eden Prairie and Bemidji.

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The Eden Prairie store had initially been earmarked for closure due to the pending Southwest Light Rail project, which Lemonis understood would have passed close by.

But the store was saved once it emerged that the route had changed and the store would be less affected by the construction.

When they close, it will leave Minnesota with four Gander Outdoors locations, in Baxter, Hermantown, Forest Lake, and Lakeville.

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