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Gander Mountain coming to McDonough

McDONOUGH — Gander Mountain announced Friday it will bring its outdoor specialty store to McDonough next spring.

This will be only the third Gander Mountain retailer in Georgia and the first in metro Atlanta for the company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., that has 131 outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states.

The store will be located in the Henry Town Center on Jonesboro Road in the vacant 62,000 square-foot building that had housed BJ’s.

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland said having such a major retailer at the McDonough exit off Interstate 75 will be a huge draw for the community and should further stimulate the local economy.

“I am excited about 2014 in McDonough,” said Copeland. “We want to make a better tomorrow in 2014,” he said adding that other owners are looking to grow their businesses and bring enterprise to McDonough and surrounding communities.”

“Gander Mountain has quickly become a well-known and trusted name in Georgia among those who love the outdoors, and who enjoy great traditions like hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s president and CEO in a news release issued Friday afternoon. “We are thrilled to again expand our footprint in Georgia and bring our first Gander Mountain store to the metro Atlanta region, giving more of our friends in the South opportunities to experience our top-quality gear and knowledgeable service at great prices.”

Gander Mountain sells new and used firearms, gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The company’s news release said the store will offer an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring brands that include The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Carhartt, Guide Series and Kühl, along with footwear brands that include Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

McDonough will be the third Gander Mountain location in Georgia. The state’s first store opened in Valdosta in September 2012, and a second Gander Mountain store recently opened in Albany.

Those interested in jobs can submit an application online at www.GanderMountain.com/careers.