Just when it looked like sporting goods chain Gander Mountain would be closing all of its remaining stores, along comes a CNBC star who is the chain’s new chief saying he will keep at least 70 of the chain’s 126 stores open.
Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s The Profit, bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court and said on Twitter as late as Sunday night that he plans to stand by his pledge to keep many of the hunting and fishing chain’s stores open.
“About 10 days ago I bought all of the assets, all of the intellectual property, all of the trademarks, all of the leases,” he said in an interview on Sunday morning. “A liquidator bought the inventory that’s in the stores and they have the right to sell that inventory down.”
He added, however, “Ultimately we control the…