What used to be Gander Mountain Company is now re-opening as Gander Outdoors.
Outdoorsy customers went in during the store’s soft opening to check out the new layout, stopping in various sections, like athletic wear, firearms, or outdoor clothing and gear.
Through feedback from shoppers, the company is hoping to keep a strong customer base and develop their business to keep jobs in the Rockford area.
“It’s just and outdoors sports store,” said Jarome Wachall, Assistant Manager of Gander Outdoors. “MC Sports, I believe, closed a little while ago. Retail is a struggling economy right now, and to bring something back that’s guided towards the outdoors, I love outdoors! Most people around here are like me, they missed us as much as I missed being here.”
Gander Outdoors is located at 3068 McFarland Road in Rockford. It’s grand opening is set for next Saturday, July 7th.