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From bankruptcy to rebirth — take a gander at this outdoors sports store

Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain, is re-opening its Fort Worth store near Lake Worth after closing the store last year as part of a bankruptcy.
Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain, is re-opening its Fort Worth store near Lake Worth after closing the store last year as part of a bankruptcy.

If you like hunting, fishing or other outdoors sports, take a gander at this place that just re-opened in northwest Fort Worth.

Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain, is celebrating its grand opening Saturday at 6001 Quebec St., near the Fort Worth/Lake Worth border.

The store closed last year as part of the Minnesota-based company's bankrupcty proceedings. Marcus Lemonis, known for his CNBC show "The Profit", bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court about a year ago with the goal of re-opening many stores.

Lemonis is also chairman off Camping World Holdings, which now counts Gander Outdoors among its assets.

"We’ve received such positive feedback from all the communities across the country in which we opened our new Gander Outdoors locations,” Lemonis said in an email. "We are so thankful for the customers shopping with us for their outdoor and sporting needs and we are excited to continue expanding our outdoor industry footprint, while supporting economic growth in all these communities."



As Gander Outdoors re-opens, it returns to a richly competitive sporting goods market in Dallas-Fort Worth. Just a few miles away in north Fort Worth is Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is in Grapevine.

At a time when online-focused companies such as Amazon are ripping apart traditional retailers, outdoors sporting good shops continue to pitch themselves as retail destinations, where customers can get intimate details about their desired items from well-trained workers.

That said, Gander Outdoors and its competitors also offer a fair amount of online ordering services, too.

The 45,000 square foot Gander Outdoors stores near Lake Worth is one of four stores the company plans to open in Texas.

The grand opening is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Customers can expect free pastries and coffee, as well as family-oriented activities such as painting fishing lures and building duck calls.

At Possum Kingdom, the rebuilding of destroyed homes started immediately after the April 2011 wildfires that were the eighth-largest on record in the state, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Need a new sleeping bag or boat propeller? Lots of items will be on sale, and a few will be given away.

Experts on fishing, hunting, boating and other sporting activities will be on hand to talk with customers.

Camping World Holdings, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., was founded in 1966. The company includes 140 retail locations in 36 states.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson
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