Gander Mountain to survive in scaled back fashion — and under new banner
Camping World Holdings has given an update on its plans for Gander Mountain.
Camping World, which acquired the assets of Gander Mountain and boating division Overton's in a bankruptcy auction in May, said it plans to operate 57 locations — assuming details can be worked out with landlords and final acceptable leases agreed to. Liquidation sales started in May at all 160 Gander stores.
The plan for the locations that have survived the cut is for them to reopen under the new brand of Gander Outdoors. The stores will feature a fresh mix of Gander Outdoors, Overton's and Camping World products and services.
"Our original goal was to initially open seventy or more stores, and while our initial list is now less than seventy, we are not willing to open stores which we do not believe have a clear path to profitability," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, and star of the television show "The Prophet."
The company is also currently pursuing other locations for expansion, he added, and expects to announce "additional locations and markets in the near term with all of our Gander Outdoors, Overton's and Camping World offerings." On Thursday, Lemonis tweeted that he planned to open 45 new stores during the next two years.
Camping World recently held a contest, with a $100,000 grand prize, for a new logo for Gander Outdoors. On Thursday, Lemonis flew to Denver to present a check to the creator of the winning logo, graphic designer Benten Woodring. (To see the winning logo, click here.)
In addition to the winner, the designers of the top four runner-up logos received $5,000 each. The next 85 runner-ups received $1,000 each.
Williams Sonoma to go big with new concept in Seattle
Williams Sonoma will open the largest version yet of its new dual-concept format, which combines its traditional kitchen and food products with home furnishings.
The 7,000-sq.-ft. store, at University Village in Seattle, features kitchen and food products, including a curated assortment of food from local businesses, as well as the Williams Sonome Home line of home furnishings. It offers complimentary in-home interior design services, a cookbook club and monthly cooking classes for adults and children. Design specialists will be available to help with the selection of furniture and décor, floor plans and paint colors.
The store has a dedicated retail space that includes living room, bedroom, dining room and home office furniture, as well as decorative accessories, bedding, bath, pillows and throws, lighting and artwork. Williams Sonoma Home’s team of trade customers will also benefit with access to new collections, fabric swatches and wood finishes.
“I am so proud to bring our new retail concept to this city," said Janet Hayes, president of Williams Sonoma. "Seattle is full of forward-thinking people and they deserve a place to shop that is experiential as well as community-minded.”
Barneys New York honored for innovative lighting
Specialty luxury retailer Barneys New York has been recognized for the lighting design at its new downtown flagship in New York City.
Barneys took home an Award of Excellence at the 34th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Designed by Cooley Monato Studio, the lighting allows the space to feel cohesive, spacious and dynamic despite such challenging existing conditions as irregular column grids and low ceiling heights. Barneys' contemporary and upscale identity is expressed through a rich material palette accentuated entirely by LED lighting.
Apertures in the ceiling were specifically placed, not tied to a rigid grid and always keeping flexibility in mind. By using recessed, regressed, beveled trims, the ceiling apertures practically disappear from view. Millwork lighting allows for reduced energy use by lighting product from a close proximity.
The men’s and women’s floors have distinctive, curved, illuminated ceiling pop-up coves (‘amoebas’) to provide ambient light, visual interest, and a little breathing room to the low ceilings. Accent light fixtures on the ceiling provide light that bounces off the glossy metal, organically shaped display tops to create golden patterns above.