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WaterWalk owner to make new plans for Gander Mountain building

Jack DeBoer says he’s not yet sure what he’s going to do with the former Gander Mountain building at his Waterwalk development, but he says he’s pretty certain Marcus Lemonis won’t be using it for a combined Gander Mountain and Camping World store.
Jack DeBoer says he’s not yet sure what he’s going to do with the former Gander Mountain building at his Waterwalk development, but he says he’s pretty certain Marcus Lemonis won’t be using it for a combined Gander Mountain and Camping World store. The Wichita Eagle

WaterWalk owner Jack DeBoer says it doesn’t look like Marcus Lemonis, the Camping World chairman and CEO who purchased Gander Mountain out of bankruptcy, wants the former Gander Mountain building at WaterWalk.

“Yeah, I think it’s over,” DeBoer says of negotiations.

In May, Lemonis told Have You Heard? he’s been looking at Wichita sites for a Camping World RV store for a year. He’s planning a combined Camping World and Gander Mountain store.

The star of CNBC’sThe Profit” said he was interested in keeping the Gander Mountain building only if he could negotiate a cheaper lease and could use empty land at WaterWalk to showcase Camping World’s RVs.

Lemonis didn’t respond to a more recent request for an interview via Twitter.

“It’s a great building,” DeBoer says.

“It’s just scratch your head, now what the hell’s going to happen?” he says. “We will come up with a plan.”

The “we” includes George Laham of Laham Development and J.P. Weigand & Sons.

“George and his team are the best,” DeBoer says.

“Everything’s on the table.”

That includes potential office, retail or entertainment uses – and a possible redesign for the building to make better use of the river behind it..

“We just have to be sure of the direction,” DeBoer says. “We’re going to be very careful and think it through.”

Whatever it is, he says that it will be “something fun and good for the city.”

“We don’t have to depend on a guy who’s not as interested as we are.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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