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Gander Mtn. Announces Major Remodeling of Ocala Store


New Format Features Firearms Super Center, Expanded Apparel and Footwear, Exciting New Look and Shopping Experience - ST. PAUL, MN, September 20, 2013 --- Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products, has completed a major remodeling of its Ocala store to bring new opportunities to find great prices, selection and service for the best outdoor gear and apparel in the region.

The new format Gander Mountain store features a Firearms Super Center and offers one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Florida, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. Gander Mountain also offers the industry’s best selection of firearms safes and secure storage solutions; and is leading the industry in the promotion of responsible firearms ownership through its "With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms" campaign encouraging all firearms owners to take a responsibility pledge at and use the hashtag #responsibilitypledge in social media.

The store offers 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 Kühl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

Customers at the remodeled Ocala store will enjoy easy access to Gander Mountain's unmatched selection of new and used firearms around the country, whether the firearms are located at other stores, in central distribution facilities or on Gander Mountain's market-leading online store. Customers will be able to order firearms and have access to all of Gander Mountain's other terrific merchandise by using simple online order kiosks with easy delivery and pick-up at their favorite Gander Mountain store. Customers will enjoy the new look and shopping experience offered via exciting displays, innovative fixtures, open sight-lines, wider aisles, interactive signage, and a rich outdoor feel with new flooring, color schemes, stone and timber designs.

"It’s exciting to bring our great selection of merchandise, a sharp new look and improved shopping experience to so many of our Gander Mountain stores," said David Pratt, Gander Mountain's president and CEO. "Our new Firearms Super Centers have been very well received across the country, and we look forward to bringing that concept to many more stores in our network. Through these major remodeling projects, we’re giving our loyal patrons and our newest fans an even better place to get the best gear at the best prices."

The major remodeling of the Gander Mountain store in Ocala (located at 3970 SW Third Street) has been ongoing for roughly four months. The store has remained open for customers with much of the work being done outside business hours. The 66,000 square-foot store originally opened in 2008.

The Ocala store is among 29 nation-wide that are part of Gander Mountain's extensive remodeling plans in 2013. The efforts are part of a system-wide project that will mean expanded customer selection and an attractive new look for Gander Mountain stores in dozens of markets. In 2012 similar remodeling projects were completed for Gander Mountain stores in Dayton, OH; Madison, WI; Charleston, WV; Hattiesburg, MS; Knoxville, TN; Lake Mary, FL; Wichita, KS; Sugar Land, TX; Eden Prairie, MN and St. Cloud, MN.

In addition to its remodeling projects, Gander Mountain is in the midst of a sizeable expansion. In the past year, new Gander Mountain stores have opened in Valdosta, GA; Morrisville, NC; Lafayette, IN; Opelika, AL; Florence, AL; Winston-Salem, NC; Gastonia, NC; Monroe, NC; Rogers, MN and Tuscaloosa, AL. New stores will open in Dothan, AL, Albany, GA, Tampa, FL and Charlottesville, VA in the coming months, and four new Texas stores recently opened in Lewisville, Round Rock, San Antonio and Mesquite.

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, 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 127 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.