Reality TV star bringing Gander Outdoors to York

A CNBC host and investor is bringing Gander Outdoors, built from the former Gander Mountain, to the York area.

Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC investment competition “The Profit” and co-owner of Camping World Holdings created Gander Outdoors after buying the assets of Gander Mountain. The outdoor equipment retailer filed for bankruptcy in spring 2017.

Among the stores in the newborn Gander Outdoors chain is the former Gander Mountain location at 725 Town Center Drive location in West Manchester Township. Lemonis plans to reopen the store this spring.

“It was important to me to bring the Gander Outdoors back to the wonderful community of York because the employees were top notch and the store was a great performer serving the outdoor enthusiast community,” Lemonis said in a statement.

The West Manchester store will employ up to 55 people. No opening date was given, but in his statement, Lemonis promised a grand opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime in mid-April to late May.

Hints on social media

In March Gander Mountain announced it was closing 32 stores, but eventually raised that number to 127, including locations in York and Franklin counties.

The company and its assets were then acquired by Lemonis in May, who soon gave hints through Twitter that he would be reviving at least 70 Gander locations, including several in Pennsylvania.

“In addition to the York location, we are currently pursuing other locations for reopening and expansion and expect to announce additional locations and markets in the coming weeks,” said Lemonis.

Gander Mountain was one of a many sports retailers pushed into bankruptcy in recent years, including MC Sports, Eastern Outfitters, Sports Authority, and Sports Chalet. 

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