The Gander Mountain stores in Franklin and Kenosha will remain open and continue to operate under the Gander Mountain name following the purchase of the troubled outdoor gear retailer in a bankruptcy auction.

Also surviving are four of Gander Mountain’s other Wisconsin locations, in DeForest, Eau Claire, Onalaska and Rothschild.

But seven Gander Mountain stores in the state, including those in Waukesha and Germantown, do not appear on an initial list of locations that will remain open.

Confusion has arisen over the fate of the 160-store chain since last week, when the brand and the rights to its real estate leases were purchased out of bankruptcy by Camping World Holdings Inc.

Camping World, however, did not buy the inventory in the Gander Mountain stores and distribution center. The inventory was purchased by a group of liquidation companies.

Late last week, the liquidators began store-by-store sales of the merchandise,…