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Gander Outdoors will open in Eden Prairie after all

Six stores will open in Minnesota in total.

When it's all said and done, Minnesota will have six Gander Outdoors stores.

It's not as many as the dozen stores the state had when it was under the Gander Mountain name, but it's better than none at all.

And there's been good news on that front after it was confirmed this week that one of the closed Gander Mountain stores will be re-opening under its new name after all.

The Eden Prairie location on Technology Drive is now listed as "coming soon" on the Gander locations page.

This confirms what the Business Journals reported a few weeks ago, that efforts were underway to bring the brand back to the Twin Cities suburb.

Initially, new Gander Outdoors owner Marcus Lemonis suggested he would close the Eden Prairie store permanently because of the potential for disruption caused by the Southwest Light Rail line construction.

But as the Star Tribune reports, those involved in the project then clarified that the proposed route had changed, and wouldn't impact the store.

Gander Outdoors this past week opened its third Minnesota store, in Forest Lake, joining the Lakeville and Hermantown stores that opened last month.

The pending Eden Prairie store will be joined by those in Baxter and Bemidji.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like Woodbury will retain its site. Lemonis initially planned to move the store to the other side of I-94 that he intended to be a hybrid of Gander Outdoors, and his Camping World and Overtons stores.

Gander Mountain stores in Blaine,  Mankato, Rochester, Rogers and St. Cloud closed for good.

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