In an official Thursday release – not simply a Facebook video or a tweet like on Wednesday – Gander Outdoors reiterated that the chain is coming to Wichita.
“Plans are in place for the long-anticipated and eagerly-awaited Gander Outdoors to opens its doors in the Wichita, KS market to the public for the first time in early March to early June,” the release said. “The new location at 605 South Wichita Street will introduce more than 55 jobs to the community along with its 85,000 sq. ft. outdoor retail, apparel, supply and service space.”
That’s the former Gander Mountain space in Jack DeBoer’s WaterWalk development.
On Wednesday, DeBoer said there is no deal for Gander to return to his property.
That’s also when Have You Heard? had some correspondence via Twitter with Camping World chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis, who purchased Gander Mountain out of bankruptcy. He acknowledged that there are still some hurdles to go in the deal.
In the Thursday release, he said: “It was important to me to bring the Gander Outdoors back to the wonderful community of Wichita because the employees were top notch and the store was a great performer serving the outdoor enthusiast community.”
Lemonis also plans to bring one of his Camping World stores here, but there’s no deal for a site yet.
It sounds like the Gander deal is closer to happening, though DeBoer said that “as of right now the store is vacant, and it’s available to lease.”