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Sixty-nine Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new banner

BY Marianne Wilson

Camping World Holdings is making good on its promise to reopen some of the stores it acquired from Gander Mountain.

Gander Outdoors (the new name for Gander Mountain) on Thursday announced the initial list of stores that are scheduled to open in 2018.

Camping World was chosen as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for certain acquired assets of Gander Mountain, with the sale approved at a bankruptcy court hearing in May. Camping World is now beginning to reopen many of the stores under the new Gander Outdoors banner.

“It was important to me to bring Gander Outdoors back to many wonderful communities across the country because the employees are top notch and the stores provide great products and services for the community,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings. “Our great team at the headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been working tirelessly over the past six months to get the locations prepared and we are extremely excited to begin the rapid opening process and hope to open all locations this spring.”

Lemonis previously stated his goal of operating seventy or more locations subject to, among other things, the ability to negotiate acceptable lease terms with landlords. Following months of negotiations and remodeling existing locations, the company plans to open 69 locations by May 2018. (It also is currently pursuing more locations for expansion and expects to announce additional locations and markets in the near term.)

“We feel this list of locations is very solid and ready to be up and running in the coming months,” Lemonis said. “Two locations have already opened, two more are slated to open next week and others will begin opening at a very rapid pace over the next few months.”

The following locations will reopen under the new Gander Outdoors brand with a fresh offering of Gander Outdoors, Overton’s and Camping World products and services. (Stores are listed in order by state.):

1. Florence, AL
2. Opelika, AL
3. Parker, CO
4. Ocala, FL
5. Pensacola, FL
6. St. Augustine, FL
7. Tampa, FL
8. Albany, GA
9. Cedar Rapids, IA
10. O’Fallon, IL
11. Peoria, IL
12. Rockford, IL
13. Springfield, IL
14. Ft. Wayne, IN
15. Greenfield, IN
16. Indianapolis (Castleton), IN
17. Wichita, KS
18. Bowling Green, KY
19. Paducah, KY
20. Coldwater, MI
21. Flint, MI
22. Kalamazoo, MI
23. Marquette, MI
24. Port Huron, MI
25. Saginaw, MI
26. Traverse City, MI
27. Utica, MI
28. Baxter, MN
29. Bemidji, MN
30. Forest Lake, MN
31. Hermantown (Duluth), MN
32. Lakeville, MN
33. Chesterfield, MO
34. Fayetteville, NC
35. Gastonia, NC
36. Greensboro, NC
37. Monroe, NC
38. Mooresville, NC
39. Winston-Salem, NC
40. Kingston, NY
41. Syracuse, NY
42. Tonawanda, NY
43. Mentor, OH
44. Niles, OH
45. Chambersburg, PA
46. Greensburg, PA
47. Johnstown, PA
48. Scranton, PA
49. Williamsport, PA
50. York, PA
51. N. Charleston, SC
52. Jackson, TN
53. Amarillo, TX
54. Ft. Worth, TX
55. Spring, TX
56. Tyler, TX
57. Fredericksburg, VA
58. Roanoke, VA
59. Appleton, WI
60. Baraboo, WI
61. Deforest (Madison), WI
62. Eau Claire, WI
63. Green Bay, WI
64. Janesville, WI
65. Kenosha, WI
66. Onalaska (Lacrosse), WI
67. Sheboygan, WI
68. Waukesha, WI
69. Wausau (Rothschild), WI

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Trending Stores: Fast-casual giant opens one-of-a-kind location

BY Marianne Wilson

KFC has unveiled a marquee location in Overland Park, Kansas, as part of its ongoing store remodel and building program.

The KFC/Taco Bell co-branded restaurant is actually two complete restaurants in one, with separate drive-thrus, back-of-house operations and front counters. The nearly $3 million renovation features a completely customized design aesthetic and exclusive food offerings that include baked items. It is also the first and only location to feature KFC’s virtual reality training game.

The location is owned by KFC U.S.’s largest franchisee, KBP Foods, which also completed a $2.2 million renovation of KFC’s iconic “Big Chicken” restaurant, in Marietta, Ga., in May. KBP plans to renovate 250 of its 562 KFC and Taco Bell sites by 2020.

KFC and KBP Foods partnered with FRCH Design Worldwide on the 6,5000-sq.-ft. restaurant. It features KFC’s signature “American Showman” design aesthetic, with elements that pay tribute to KFC Founder Colonel Harland Sanders and the brand’s heritage. Nearly every element of the design was customized specifically for the Overland space.

The restaurant’s unique elements include a statue of Colonel Sanders for selfies and fan photos, lounge spaces in the reconfigured dining room, and a retail store selling KFC- and Taco Bell-branded merchandise.

In addition, the redesigned location is the only KFC in the world with a gaming console where customers can experience KFC’s virtual reality training game, The Hard Way, which debuted in August. It is designed as an “escape room” where Colonel Sanders gives trainees hints and clues along the way to ensure to help ensure they are making the company’s signature fried chicken the way that he invented more than 70 years ago.

Exterior upgrades include an all new facade with brick and distressed wood accents, new landscaping and painted murals. The exterior is also accented with color-changing LED lighting.

“Our partners at KBP Foods continue to make tremendous investments in their restaurants across the U.S., demonstrating deep passion for the KFC brand and a solid belief in the positive impact of capital reinvestment in their assets,” said Brian Cahoe, chief development officer for KFC U.S. “From extensive remodels like the iconic Big Chicken in Marietta, Georgia and the Overland Park restaurant to building new restaurants and extensive remodeling across the country, their partnership is helping us elevate the look and feel of our assets and drive the brand forward for the benefit of our consumers.”

The Overland Park renovation is in line with KFC’s plan to remodel approximately 70% of its U.S. restaurants. Since 2015, more than 800 KFC restaurants in the U.S. (more than 20%) have been updated to the American Showman design.

KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands.

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J.Nino says:
Mar-25-2018 02:07 pm

Please reconsider the Watertown store it is the only retailer in the north county the caters to the Thousand Island Area.

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Macy’s to close store in its home base

BY Marianne Wilson

Macy’s will shutter its store at Fountain Place, in downtown Cincinnati, one of the two cities (the other is New York) where it operates corporate offices.

In a statement on Wednesday the department store said the decision to close the store came after a review of its nationwide real estate portfolio. Macy’s said the closing is one of the 100 planned closures that it announced in August.

The department store giant operates six other locations in the greater Cincinnati area. The company said that, wherever possible, it will place employees in good standing in open and available positions in a nearby store. Regular, non-seasonal employees that is unable to place at nearby locations will be eligible for severance, including outplacement resources.

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