Gander Mountain plans to build store at Arlington Highlands

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Gander Mountain, the St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor specialty store for firearms, hunting, fishing, camping and marine products and services, is coming to Arlington.

The retailer has filed permits to build a 52,000-square-foot store at 3901 S. Center St. on an undeveloped 7.1-acre tract at the Arlington Highlands shopping center off Interstate 20. The site is just east of Costco.

Morgan Colby, a marketing executive with Gander Mountain, did not return phone calls last week seeking comment about the plans. Estimated cost of construction is $4.2 million, the filing says.

In June, Gander Mountain said it plans to open a store in the Lakepointe Town Crossing in Lewisville and a Firearms Super Center in Mesquite this fall, with other stores planned for San Antonio and Round Rock. The retailer has 14 stores in Texas.

Since its founding in 1960, Gander Mountain has grown to 127 stores in 24 states.

Preservation awards

Jerry Shults, the Dallas businessman who bought and restored the Ridglea Theater, and Richard Van Zandt, who maintained and operated the theater during several recent ownership changes, have been awarded Preservation Achievement Awards from Historic Fort Worth for those efforts.

The nonprofit annually recognizes people and projects for preservation efforts locally and statewide.

Also receiving Preservation Project Awards were Molly McCook and Richard King, owners of Ellerbe Fine Foods, for restoring a circa-1920 auto shop at 1501 W. Magnolia Ave. into a restaurant, and Joanne and Nathan Weber, owners of the T&P Tavern, 221 W. Lancaster Ave., for restoring space in the 1931 terminal building for their business.

Gwen and Jim Harper received a Residential Rehabilitation Award for restoring their 1885 home at 760 Samuels Ave., known as the Getzendanner House.

Shults bought the Ridglea Theater, at 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., in 2010 and spent more than $1 million in renovations. The theater reopened last October.

Workplace awards

Applications are being taken for the Best Workplaces for Women Award, a program of the Fort Worth Chamber’s Women Influencing Business Committee.

The award recognizes companies and organizations that implement best practices for recruiting and retaining top female talent, as well as creating a woman-friendly workplace. Applications are due Oct. 11.

The award process is open to any for-profit or nonprofit operating in Tarrant County. The business must be financially stable and have operated for at least three years. Judges consider factors such as compensation and leave; organizational ethics; work flexibility; training and mentoring; wellness initiatives; and community involvement.

Applications and instructions are online at under Member Groups/Women Influencing Business.

Contact Pennie Blossom, director of member programs, at 817-338-3371 or at for more information.

Winners will be selected in small, medium and large business categories. The awards will be presented in March.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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