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Gander Mountain opening store in O’Fallon on Thursday

gandermountainThe new store at 1230 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon.

From Illinois Business Journal news services

O’FALLON — Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest outdoor specialty retailer, is set to open its new location in O’Fallon, Ill., at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, with a host of celebrity appearances, multiple family activities and giveaways.

The new 61,000-square-foot Gander Mountain store in O’Fallon is located at 1230 Central Park Drive, near Interstate 64 and North Green Mount Road. Exterior and interior layout reflect Gander Mountain’s new store design, featuring what it calls innovative displays and fixtures.

“We are excited to open our second Gander Mountain location in the St. Louis metro and provide the countless outdoors enthusiasts with the gear they need,” said President and Chief Operations Officer Mike Owens. “We’ve put together a fun grand opening weekend with a focus on fishing, hunting, boating, archery and camping activities for the entire community to enjoy.”

Events and appearances will occur from Thursday, May 28, until Sunday, May 31.

Special events, appearances and giveaways include:

– Darryl Worley, country music artist, will perform live on Thursday at 9 a.m. and host a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Aaron Donald and T.J. McDonald, professional football players, will sign autographs on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

– Randal Grichuck and Trevor Rosenthal, professional baseball players with the St. Louis Cardinals, and manager Mike Matheny will sign autographs on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Brett Hull and Kelly Chase, St. Louis hockey legends, will sign autographs on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The first 1,000 customers through the door on Thursday through Sunday will receive a free scratch-off card. Every card is a winner, with prizes including gift cards valued up to $100, coupons for up to 50 percent off, shirts, hats and sunglasses.

Customers can also register for a chance to win a $500 Columbia Shopping Spree or Go Pro Hero 4 Silver.

The full schedule of events and appearances is available at

The newest Gander Mountain location features what officials say is the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery in the St. Louis metro area.

The store offers an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and lifestyle apparel, featuring brands like Under Armour, The North Face, GSX, Columbia, Carhartt, Guide Series and Kühl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear, including brands like Asics, Carhartt, Ariat, Muck, Gander Mountain, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Reef, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Timberland, LaCrosse, Skechers, Saucony and Under Armour.

Those interested in careers with Gander Mountain can submit an application online at

About Gander Mountain Co.

Gander Mountain Co., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., says it is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear and footwear, featuring national, regional and specialty brands.

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