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New Gander Mountain Store Coming To Opelika, AL.


Popular outdoors retailer adds third Alabama store and 119th nationwide - ST. PAUL, Minn., August 06, 2012 --- Gander Mountain the nation’s leading firearms retailer and operator of the largest retail network of stores specializing in firearms, hunting, fishing, camping, marine, outdoor lifestyle and active performance products, announced today that in addition to great camping, fishing, hunting and hiking, outdoors enthusiasts in Alabama have one more great attraction coming to the region.

Construction activity has begun on the state’s third Gander Mountain retail store, which is expected to open in fall 2012. The 52,000-square-foot store will be located in Opelika at 1640 Parker Way, near the junction of I-85 and Gateway Drive.

"We’re excited to bring Gander Mountain’s thousands of products and great customer service to folks in Opelika-Auburn and the surrounding region," said David Pratt, CEO of Gander Mountain. "Our new Alabama neighbors’ passion for the outdoors and active performance living will be a perfect match with our ‘We Live Outdoors’ culture.

The new Gander Mountain store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Alabama, 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 performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring exciting brands like The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Mountain Hardwear, 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.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming Gander Mountain to Opelika," said Gary Fuller, mayor of Opelika. "This great company will be well-received. They have an excellent reputation and will be successful in the Opelika-Auburn market."

Additional details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the new Opelika store grand opening celebration will be available this summer at Opelika is the sixth announced location in a sizeable 2012 expansion. New Gander Mountain stores have previously been announced for Valdosta, Ga., Morrisville, N.C., Lafayette, Ind., and Florence, Ala., with other new store locations to be announced soon.

Those interested in careers with Gander Mountain can explore current opportunities and submit an application on-line 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 firearms, 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.