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Gander Mountain Opens New Store in Southern Illinois

By PRN NewsWire   

MARION, Ill., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing outdoor specialty retailer, is set to open its new location in Marion at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. The grand opening celebration for Illinois’ eighth Gander Mountain store will include celebrity appearances, family activities and giveaways.

The new 52,000-square-foot Gander Mountain store in Marion is located at 2480 Blue Heron Drive, near Interstate 57 and Morgan Avenue. The welcoming exterior and interior layout reflect Gander Mountain’s new store design featuring innovative interior elements, displays and fixtures.

“We at Gander Mountain have a long history of serving the outdoor needs of Illinois and expanding into Marion enables us to serve the state from north to south,” said Gander Mountain President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Owens. “We’ve put together a fun grand opening weekend with a focus on fishing, hunting, boating, archery and camping activities for the entire community to enjoy.”

Events and appearances will occur Thursday, May 7 until Sunday, May 10.

Special events, appearance and giveaways include:

— Bruce Sutter, former St. Louis Cardinals player and Hall of Fame member, will appear on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Nick Mundt, host of Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector on the Outdoor Channel, will be signing autographs on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Tim Sylvia, former UFC heavyweight champion, will appear on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Whitey Herzog, former St. Louis Cardinals manager and Hall of Fame member, will be signing autographs on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Troy Landry, star of History’s hit TV series Swamp People, will appear for autographs and photos on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 3 p.m.

Full schedule of events and appearances available at

The first 1,000 customers through the door on Thursday through Sunday will receive a free scratch-off card. Every card is a winner; with prizes including gift cards valued up to $100, coupons for up to 50 percent off, shirts, hats and sunglasses.

Customers can also register for a chance-to-win a $500 Columbia Shopping Spree or Go Pro Hero 4 Silver.

The newest Gander Mountain location features the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery in Illinois.

The store offers an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and lifestyle apparel featuring exciting brands like Under Armour, The North Face, GSX, Columbia, Carhartt, Guide Series and Kuhl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Carhartt, Ariat, Muck, Gander Mountain, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Reef, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Timberland, LaCrosse, Skechers, Saucony and Under Armour.

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

About Gander Mountain CompanyGander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing 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((R))” culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. Gander Mountain has 158 conveniently located outdoor lifestyle stores in 27 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.

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