HomeNewsGander Mountain to Tampa Bay ST. PAUL, MN, — Outdoors enthusiasts all along Florida’s Gulf Coast will soon have a new opportunity to find great prices, selection and service when shopping for the best in gear and apparel. Gander Mountain is expanding the nation’s largest network of outdoor specialty stores with a new location in Tampa Bay, set to open in the fall of 2013. “Gander Mountain has been a well-known and trusted name in the Sunshine State 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. “We are thrilled to bring a new Gander Mountain store to the Tampa Bay metro area, and give more of our friends in the Gulf Coast region opportunities to experience our top-quality gear and knowledgeable service at great prices.” The new Tampa Bay store will be located in a 30,000-square-foot space in the Bayport Commons shopping center located at 11655 West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, near the Pistol Range Road intersection and adjacent to Super Target. Gander Mountain’s newest store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Florida, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The store will offer an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring exciting brands like The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Mountain Hardwear, Carhartt, Guide Series, Marmot and Kühl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon. Customers will enjoy easy access to Gander Mountain’s unmatched selection of new and used firearms around the country, whether the firearms are located at other stores, in central distribution facilities or on Gander Mountain’s market-leading online store. Customers may order firearms and have access to all of Gander Mountain’s other terrific merchandise by using simple online order kiosks with easy delivery and pick-up at their favorite Gander Mountain store. “I am proud to welcome another major business coming to our community that will have an incredible impact on our local economy,” said Hillsborough County Commission Chair Ken Hagan. “The jobs that Gander Mountain will create, and the additional businesses that it will attract, reaffirms that Hillsborough County is a destination for big businesses from across the nation to expand and flourish.” Additional details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the new store grand opening celebration will be available at www.GanderMountain.com. The new Tampa store is the most recent location announced in a sizeable expansion. In the past year, new Gander Mountain stores have opened in Valdosta, GA, Morrisville, NC, Lafayette, IN, Opelika, AL, Florence, AL, Winston-Salem, NC, Gastonia, NC, Monroe, NC, Rogers, MN, and Tuscaloosa, AL. New stores will open in Dothan, AL, Albany, GA, and Charlottesville, VA in the coming months, and four more new fall 2013 stores in Texas were announced recently for Lewisville, Round Rock, San Antonio and Mesquite. More new store announcements are expected soon. Tampa will be the sixth Gander Mountain location in Florida, joining existing stores in Jacksonville, Ocala, Palm Beach Gardens, St. Augustine and Lake Mary, which is home to the nation’s first and largest Gander Mountain Academy. Those interested in careers with Gander Mountain can explore current opportunities and submit an application on-line at www.GanderMountain.com/careers.