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New Gander Mountain Store Coming To Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Popular outdoors retailer adds fourth Alabama store on historically significant site - ST. PAUL, Minn., December 27, 2012 --- Folks who enjoy fishing, hiking, camping boating and scores of other great outdoor activities in West Alabama have another reason to look forward to spring in 2013. In an exciting development for outdoor enthusiasts in the region, Gander Mountain, the nation’s leading firearms retailer and operator of the largest network of stores specializing in hunting, fishing, camping, marine, outdoor lifestyle and active performance products, announced today the fourth store in Alabama, and the 121st nationwide, will open in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the late spring.

Construction activity has begun on a new 43,000-square-foot facility at 3325 McFarland Blvd East in Tuscaloosa. Long-time residents of the region will know this locale as the former site of Bear Bryant Motors, the car dealership owned by the legendary football coach.

"We’re excited to bring Gander Mountain’s thousands of products and great customer service to folks in Tuscaloosa and all of West Alabama," said David Pratt, CEO of Gander Mountain. "Our newest neighbors’ passion for the outdoors and active performance living will be a perfect match with our ‘We Live Outdoors’ culture, and we’re proud to be located on a site with so much local history."

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 Tuscaloosa 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, Guide Series, Marmot and Kuhl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

"We are excited to welcome Gander Mountain to the City of Tuscaloosa," said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox. "It is a priority to provide new services and retail opportunities to Tuscaloosa residents and visitors, and we think Gander Mountain is a great fit for our community."

Additional details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the new Tuscaloosa store grand opening celebration will be available at Tuscaloosa is the most recent location announced in a sizeable expansion. In the past year, new Gander Mountain stores have opened in Valdosta, Ga., Morrisville, N.C., Lafayette, Ind., Opelika, Ala., Florence, Ala., and Winston-Salem, N.C., with a new store coming to Gastonia, N.C. in the spring of 2013.

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 performance 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 119 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 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.