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Gander Mountain, popular gun and hunting store, going out of business

Gander Mountain posted on its website Friday that its going out business and liquidating all its stores.
Gander Mountain posted on its website Friday that its going out business and liquidating all its stores. The Wichita Eagle

Gander Mountain, a popular gun and hunting store, announced it is going out of business and liquidating all of its stores nationwide.

The company filed for bankruptcy in March, and announced at the time it would close 32 under-performing stores, including a location in south Charlotte.

Under the latest move, the company said on its website that all 126 stores will close, including locations in Gastonia and Monroe. It wasn’t immediately clear when that would happen.

The company also said on its website that it was acquired by Camping World Holdings Inc. last week. Gander Mountain said that means it will continue to be a part of the “specialty outdoor market,” though it did not detail how that would happen.

Camping World owner Marcus Lemonis has taken to Twitter to deny that all of Gander Mountain stores are closing. But he has not clarified why he is saying something that is different than what Gander Mountain is stating on its website.

Gander Mountain has been in business for 57 years and has locations in 26 states. The company sells guns, hunting equipment, camping gear and other items for outdoor activities.

As Gander Mountain locations close, it’s yet another reminder of the current climate in retail, where companies have competed with the growth of online shopping and customers flock to juggernauts like Amazon.

At the local level, Gander Mountain would join stores like Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Kmart and Hollister to close locations in the Charlotte area.

Gander Mountain said all sales during liquidation are final and there will be no refunds. Gift cards are being accepted until May 18.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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