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New Gander Mountain Store Coming To Valdosta, Ga.


Popular outdoors retailer adds first Georgia store and 115th nationwide - ST. PAUL, Minn., March 23, 2012 --- Gander Mountain the nation’s largest retail network of outdoors specialty stores, announced today that outdoors enthusiasts in Georgia have one more thing to look forward to, along with spring fishing and boating, summertime camping and hiking, and the popular fall hunting seasons. Construction has begun on the state’s first Gander Mountain retail store, which is expected to open in fall 2012.

The 52,000-square-foot store will be located on Norman Drive, adjacent to Walmart, Cheddar’s restaurant and Hampton Inn, near the interchange of Interstate 75 and U.S.84 in Valdosta, Ga. The exterior design and interior layout of the store will reflect Gander Mountain’s new store prototype featuring innovative interior design, displays and fixtures.

"We’re excited to bring Gander Mountain’s thousands of products and great customer service to the Valdosta community – South Georgia’s Regional City. Our new neighbors’ passion for the outdoors and active living will be a perfect match with our ‘We Live Outdoors’ culture," said David Pratt, CEO of Gander Mountain.

The new Gander Mountain store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in the state of Georgia, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The store will offer an extensive selection of men»s and women»s active outdoor and casual apparel featuring exciting brands like The North Face, Columbia, GSX, Mountain Hardwear, Under Armour, Carhartt, KAVU, Marmot and Kuhl, and a wide variety of men»s and women»s active footwear featuring brands like Merrell, Rocky, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

"This is great news for the citizens of Valdosta and our metropolitan area," said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. "Gander Mountain has a highly-regarded reputation and will be a perfect fit for our diverse retail mix. Personally, I’ve been a longtime catalog customer with Gander Mountain. I’m pleased to welcome this quality company to Valdosta and to the state of Georgia, and the city looks look forward to continuing to serve their business needs in the future."

Additional details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the new Valdosta store grand opening celebration will be available this summer at


About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a "We Live Outdoors®" culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 114 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 23 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton’s (, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.