published Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Under Construction: Gander Mountain outdoors store opening in Hixson

The new Gander Mountain store in Hixson is scheduled to open September 2.
The new Gander Mountain store in Hixson is scheduled to open September 2.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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    Jack Parker and other workers install lighting in the new Gander Mountain store in Hixson.
    Photo by Dan Henry.
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Project: New Gander Mountain store.

Size: 50,000 square feet

Location: In the Oak Park Town Center on Highway 153.

Scope: Gander Mountain, which operates 127 stores in 24 states, plans to open its fourth Tennessee store this fall in space vacated by Goody’s and other nearby retail tenants in the Oak Park Town Center, including a relocated Shoe Carnival store. Chattanooga is one of 10 markets in which the sporting goods retailer is building new outlets during 2014.

Store offerings: Once open, Gander Mountain will offer a variety of new and used firearms, and a wide selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery.

History: Gander Mountain was founded in Wilmont, Wisc., in 1960 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.

Store slogan: “We live outdoors.”

Owner: Wolford Development Chattanooga LLC owns the 178,000-square-foot Oak Park Town Center, which also includes a Walmart superstore.

Contractor: TCI Robin Block in LaCrosse, Wisc.

Investment: $1.5 million

Schedule: Construction and renovation of the retail space began in January and will be finished by this fall when the new Gander Mountain will open Sept. 2.

— Compiled by Dave Flessner who may be reached at or at 757-6340

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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