Gander Outdoors will have 69 stores open by mid-2018, including 5 in Minnesota

The company is planning an aggressive rollout, and not just in Minnesota.

The Essentials

1. Gander Outdoors is planning an aggressive rollout, with 69 locations slated to be open by the midway point of 2018, the company announced Thursday.

2. Included on that list is the Lakeville store, which debuted in December, and four other Minnesota locations set to open: Baxter, Bemidji, Forest Lake and Hermantown/Duluth. There are 11 stores slated for Wisconsin. 

3. Gander Outdoors is the revamped version of Gander Mountain, the St. Paul-based outdoors chain that filed for bankruptcy then was purchased by Camping World owner and reality TV star Marcus Lemonis. It's now headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota.

What Else You Should Know

This is quite a fast rollout for the revamped Gander business, with Lemonis in the announcement even acknowledging it's a "rapid opening process."

He expects all of these locations to be open by May or June of 2018. And there are a few other spots the company is currently negotiating with (though none in Minnesota), so the list could grow.

Lemonis is also promising "something different" in the stores, laying out the vision toward the end of a Facebook video. 

Rather than one big box space, it'll be split up into "distinct" spaces – the Legend area will be for hunting and firearms, Overton's covers boating and water activities, and the just-acquired Erehwon name includes active sports such as camping or biking, he said.

Lemonis had previously said Gander Mountain made a "bad bet" on firearms, overspending on inventory and expanding "beyond all common sense" into markets, St. Louis Today reported.

But it appears they've come up with a solution Lemonis is OK with. The company's website also says Gander Outdoors will sell new and used firearms and offer gunsmith services.

Next Up

rowdi lab missing

Twin Cities man going to great lengths to find beloved dog, missing in northern MN

He's hoping drone operators can help him locate Rowdi, his yellow lab.

Hennepin County Government Center

Some Hennepin County Government Center services will be unavailable during Chauvin's trial

Access to the building will be limited during the trail, which begins March 8.

Street sweeper

Driver, 19, killed in collision with street sweeper

It happened Thursday evening near Thief River Falls.

famous dave's

Famous Dave's to launch its first 'line service' restaurant in the Twin Cities

The new model of restaurant will open in September in Coon Rapids.

State Capitol.

Minnesota's budget outlook improves, now projecting $1.6B surplus

The state was projecting a $1.3 billion deficit in November.

warroad ice road

2.5 mile skating path through Warroad was a hit, now there's an effort to keep it

The "Riverbender Crew" is hoping to buy new equipment to maintain the path this season, and for years to come.

Screen Shot 2021-02-26 at 10.10.55 AM

Officers identified in fatal shooting of suspect in Isanti County

Three officers were identified in the police chase that ended with one suspect being shot and a police dog being injured.

House for sale

Zillow to start making offers on Twin Cities homes based off its 'Zestimates'

The Twin Cities property market is seriously hot right now.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Man killed in early morning crash on Minneapolis' Cedar Avenue

Minneapolis police responded to the crash at 2600 Cedar Avenue South early Friday morning.


2 killed in separate incidents in Minneapolis hours apart Thursday

One man was killed in a triple shooting, the other fatally stabbed in an apparent domestic incident.


The first Gander Outdoors will open in Minnesota

Formerly Gander Mountain, it's been rebranded since being bought by Marcus Lemonis.

Gander Outdoors will open in Eden Prairie after all

It had initially been slated to remain close because of the SW Light Rail project.

Gander Mountain files for bankruptcy, 3 Minnesota stores to close

The outdoor and hunting goods retailer is shuttering 32 stores around the country.

A Twin Cities Gander Mountain could live on as Gander Outdoors after all

And that location might get more than just a Gander Outdoors.

Another 2 Gander Mountain stores in Minnesota to close, 3 more might follow

No decision has been made on stores in Eden Prairie, Rochester and Blaine.

TV star who bought Gander Mountain is tweeting about future of remaining stores

He said an update on the 9 remaining Minnesota stores is "coming soon."

2 Gander Mountains in MN will stay open, uncertain future for the other 7

Marcus Lemonis released a list of around 50 stores that will stay open.

2 Gander Outdoors closing in MN, amid wider closures nationally

The stores in Eden Prairie and Bemidji are shutting down.