FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Gander Mountain is going out of business.
Or so it says on the company’s website. The site displays a full-page graphic indicating all 126 stores U.S stores are going out of business and closing. And everything is being liquidated.
But new Gander Mountain CEO Marcus Lemonis has been tweeting that some stores will remain open. As people ask on Twitter if their town store will stay open, he tries to responds.
NewsChannel 15 has tweeted at Lemonis to find out about the Lima Road location, but so far he’s not responded. However, in a newly discovered tweet from Friday, Lemonis tweeted in hashtag form the Fort Wayne location would stay open.
Additional details about what that means have been nearly impossible to come by. Attempts to reach Lemonis on Twitter or the Gander Mountain corporate offices have been unsuccessful.
Sunday, Lemonis posted a video explaining his process for keeping some stores open. He stated he would prefer to keep around 70 stores open and that his company will purchase new inventory for stores. A group of liquidators bought the inventory in all 126 stores but Lemonis’ company bought the property rights, etc. of Gander Mountain (and Overton’s).
It’s unclear why Lemonis is stating one thing and the Gander Mountain website says another.
In the meantime, gift cards are being accepted at Gander Mountain locations until May 18.
Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March. This week the company, which also owns Overton’s, was acquired by Camping World – a company that sells and services recreational vehicles.
The Gander Mountain website said it’s products will be available through Camping World at some point. Additional details about the transition are expected in the fall.
Camping World operates 125 stores in 36 states. Camping World has two locations in Indiana: Richmond and Greenwood.