There’s still no word on when the former Onalaska Gander Mountain store will reopen, but it is among 11 Wisconsin locations the new owner says will be open by June.

Gander Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis posted a video on Facebook Wednesday in which he shared a list of 69 stores slated to open by “the end of May, middle of June.”

With two stores open in Lakeville, Minn., and Utica, Mich., Lemonis said Janesville, Wis., is next and stores will be opening “at a very rapid pace” over the next several weeks. The Onalaska store is No. 16 on the list, though Lemonis said the implied timing is not “concrete.”

Other Wisconsin locations on the list are Wausau, Deforest, Kenosha, Appleton, Eau Claire, Baraboo, Sheboygan, Green Bay and Waukesha.

Lemonis’s company, Camping World Holdings, purchased Gander Mountain in an April bankruptcy auction, promising to keep at least 70 of the 162 stores open.

Gander Outdoors held a recruiting event last month and an Onalaska construction firm announced it was remodeling the space in preparation for an opening this winter.

The 57,120-square-foot store, which opened in 2011, was built on the site of a former Walmart store and replaced a 33,000-square-foot Gander Mountain that had been in business since 1995 on Hwy. 16 in Onalaska.

Lemonis said the new stores will feature three distinct departments — focused on hunting and shooting, boating, and camping and active sports — run by separate businesses owned by Camping World.



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