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Gander Mountain’s new CEO says not all stores closing

Gander Mountain associate Jessica Scott works in the women’s apparel area at the O’Fallon location.
Gander Mountain associate Jessica Scott works in the women’s apparel area at the O’Fallon location. News-Democrat file photo

Despite liquidation sales at all 126 locations, Gander Mountain’s new CEO has taken to social media to announce some stores will remain open under the same name.

Gander Mountain was acquired by Camping World Holdings, Inc., this month after it filed for bankruptcy in March.

CEO Marcus Lemonis has tweeted that the Peoria, Marion and Springfield locations will stay open in Illinois, as well as a Chesterfield store in Missouri. He had not mentioned the O’Fallon store as of Saturday evening, and management there declined to comment.

Lemonis did say that his company won’t move forward with a Gander Mountain store “unless there is a clear path to profitability” after ensuring a $12 minimum wage for employees.

For the Gander Mountain stores that close, Lemonis said employees will be able to interview for a job at any nearby Camping World stores. The Camping World location closest to the metro-east is in Wentzville, Mo.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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