Gander Mountain closing in Grand Chute

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - The owner of Camping World confirms Gander Mountain is closing in Grand Chute.

Gander Mountain workers with Going Out of Business signs
Workers carry "Going Out of Business" signs at Gander Mountain store in Grand Chute on May 19, 2017 (WBAY photo)

Camping World CEO and CNBC "The Profit" host Marcus Lemonis tweeted Friday afternoon that Appleton is not on the "stay" list, meaning it will not stay open re-branded as a Camping World or Gander Outdoors store. That store is technically in the town of Grand Chute.

Action 2 News has reached out to see if a decision has been made on the Green Bay Gander Mountain store.

Lemonis said earlier this month Camping World plans to keep at least 70 of Gander Mountain's 126 stores open.

He said on Twitter that Gander Mountain stores are leased, and decisions have hinged on working out deals with the landlords and whether the local government will allow an RV dealership.

Camping World bought Gander Mountain in a bankruptcy auction but did not buy the inventory, so liquidation sales are underway at all Gander Mountain stores.

Shoppers we talked with said the decision is disappointing but not surprising.

"With Amazon it's tough to compete, especially In this day and age, with the pricing at Bass Pro, Cabela's, Gander's is kind of -- online is the way to go. I agree. It's much cheaper."

Grand Chute Town Chairman Dave Schowalter doesn't expect the location to stay vacant for long.

"I don't have any idea what will happen there. It is a decent spot, though. Of course you have visibility from Interstate 41, so my guess is something will go in there and the whole area is a pretty hot retail area so I'm sure someone will fill the void," said Schowalter.

Longtime Gander Mountain customers like Ron Taylor of Appleton say the store will be missed.

Taylor added, "It was pretty nice here, you could shop and get not just the product, but you could get the training, if somebody wanted to go out kayaking, all you had to do is ask whose the guy, and he would go out over the weekend with you. They would take you out hunting, take you out fishing. That's what made Gander Mountain, step apart from the rest of them."

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