The sporting goods chain Gander Mountain is about to close a bunch of stores. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).


In the often small midwestern and southern communities that depend on their Gander Mountain for hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor supplies, confusion reigned Monday as to whether certain stores will close or stay open.

For instance, signs are posted in 13 Wisconsin stores that read “store closing” and “fixtures for sale,” but new owner Marcus Lemonis, a celebrity businessman with a show on CNBC, was saying that some of them would be given a reprieve.

“Those signs are on all 162 stores. The liquidator put up the signs,” said Jess Myers, a spokesman for St. Paul, Minn.-based Gander Mountain. “The owner announced that 61 will…