Outdoors retailer adds 12th Minnesota
store, state’s first Firearms Super Center
Gander Mountain officially announced it is opening its first ever “Firearms Super Center,” to be located in Rogers at the former Best Buy location.
The company had posted construction signs at the site, but did not make the official announcement until Friday, April 5.
Gander Mountain is the nation’s leading firearms retailer and operator of the largest network of stores specializing in hunting, fishing, camping, marine, outdoor lifestyle and active performance products,
The Rogers location will be the company’s 12th store in Minnesota and will open in late April.
Remodeling and construction activity is underway at the existing 30,000-square-foot site at 20870 Rogers Dr., near the intersection of Interstate-94 and Hwy. 101.
“The Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center is a new concept which will provide a specialty retail outlet focused specifically on fulfilling the needs of firearms enthusiasts, featuring thousands of new and used firearms of all kinds, and the industry’s best selection of firearms accessories, specialty apparel, ammunition and security,” the company said in a press release. “Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center will buy and sell a huge selection of used firearms and is staffed by firearms specialists on duty to give shoppers more one-on- one service.”
Company CEO David Pratt added, “We are taking the experience of shopping for firearms and accessories to an entirely new level of selection and service.”
Rogers Mayor Jay Bunting said the city is excited to have a “high-quality, Minnesota based retailer like Gander Mountain coming to our community.”
He said, “Rogers is the ‘Gateway to Minnesota’s Northland’ for much of the Twin Cities and we are pleased that Gander Mountain recognized our city as the best location for their new store in the northwest metro.”
As Rogers is already the location of other major retail outlets like Cabela’s and Camping World, the mayor said Gander’s addition “solidifies Rogers’ growing reputation as the preferred retail destination for outdoor enthusiasts and further expands an already diverse commercial and employment center.”
Gander Mountain also said the company is forwarding its mission to include responsible gun ownership. It recently launched a campaign to stress firearms responsibility via a call to action: “With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms.” It encourages firearms owners to take a responsibility pledge at www.GanderMountain.com and to use the hashtag #responsibilitypledge in social media to raise awareness and encourage accountability on the subject of firearms ownership.
The company said its Rogers store will also offer rare and hard-to-find firearms and ammunition, used firearms, hunting clothing and outdoor gear.
Gander Mountain opened in 1960 and is headquartered in St. Paul. It has 119 stores in 24 states.