Gander Mountain won't occupy new Cedar Rapids building

Signage removed from the property off Blairs Ferry Road NE

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CEDAR RAPIDS — If Cedar Rapids is getting a new Gander Mountain, it won’t be at the expected location.

Gander Mountain will not locate in a new building off Blairs Ferry Road, the property’s owner confirmed Wednesday.

“Neither Gander Mountain nor Gander Outdoors will be occupying the building at 1215 Skylee Drive in Cedar Rapids. Therefore, the signage has been removed,” Shannon Thompson, an attorney for Hunter Cos., said in an email to The Gazette. Thompson also confirmed a Camping World will not set up shop in the building.

The 52,000-square-foot building is up for lease, Thompson said.

Gander Mountain announced plans in September 2016 to open a new store in Cedar Rapids. The store would have anchored Northtowne Market, a retail shopping center Hunter constructed along Blairs Ferry Road that currently houses multiple restaurants.

Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March, though. Camping World Holdings purchased the company in May with plans to rebrand it as Gander Outdoors.

Up until a few days ago, the new building sported large Gander Mountain-branded signs. Those have now been removed.

Hunter also has removed Gander Mountain from marketing materials for the property. Public listings for Northtowne Market either display the store as “big-box retail” or the “former Gander Mountain store.”

Representatives for Gander Mountain and Camping World have not responded to emails and phone calls this week or in prior months.

The last public word about the Cedar Rapids store came from Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World, on Twitter in May. At the time, Lemonis was tweeting updates about Gander Mountain locations around the U.S. Those updates included a declaration that the Cedar Rapids store would include a Gander and a Camping World.

A store list of Gander Outdoors locations is currently blank, but prior versions had not included any Iowa locations.

The former location of the Cedar Rapids Gander Mountain, 2140 Edgewood Road SW, also is empty.

l Comments: (319) 398-8366; matthew.patane@thegazette.com

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