Gander Mountain, Camping World coming to South Wichita

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Wichita developer Jeff Lange says Gander Outdoors is coming to town, but it won't be to downtown Wichita.

During a phone interview on Monday, Lange, of Lange Real Estate and the Triple Crown Realty Trust, said a deal with Marcus Lemonis to bring Gander Outdoors and Camping World stores to Wichita was finalized last week.

Lange says the stores will go up as part of the Steeple Bay development near I-235 and Seneca in south Wichita. Lange says construction is expected to start on the stores later this year, with a target for them to be open in the early or middle part of next year.

"We're excited," Lange says. "We've been working on the site for about two years and we had been in talks with Marcus Lemonis and his team for a long time. The stores are going to have some neat new next generation features. Wichita is poised for growth and this is another piece of that growth."

The Steeple Bay development, which is being leased by AREA Real Estate Advisors out of Kansas City, Mo., sits on 80 acres and is part of what Lange calls the CrossGate District of south Wichita. The development, which previously was home to a pair of mobile home parks, features a lake.

Lange's announcement seems to clear up some confusion of where a previously-announced Gander Outdoors location in Wichita would go. On February 21, the Gander Outdoors Twitter account indicated in a tweet that a new store in Wichita would be going into the former Gander Mountain space downtown.

The tweet was apparently deleted at some point, though the Gander Outdoors website as of Monday morning still listed the address for its new Wichita store as 605 S. Wichita St., which is the location of the former Gander Mountain store.

Lemonis, Camping World's CEO, purchased Gander Mountain out of bankruptcy in April. A message left for Camping World Outdoors spokeswoman Karen Porter on Wednesday was not immediately returned. Camping World Holdings owns Gander Outdoors.

Lemonis is the host of the CNBC show, "The Profit," in which he invests in distressed businesses.

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