AVON — Gander Mountain recently celebrated its grand opening here.
Already a popular northeast Indianapolis destination for sporting goods, the company aims to provide a selection ranging from fishing equipment to guns and ammunition.
The steady stream of customers were offered a variety of free gifts at the front door including magnets, lanyards and hats. Customers were greeted by the store’s new employees, eager to help guide them in the right direction.
Helping to open the store was a celebrity-packed weekend of visitors including Carl Drake, star of “Realtree” who has made special appearances on Hunter Specialties Outdoors TV, the History Channel’s “Swamp People”and Travis T-Bone from “Bone Collector.”
Celebrities took time to discuss their passion with visitors. Drake is heavily involved in youth programs and said, “Any time I can get youth or women to learn about the outdoors is what I enjoy the most.”
Visitors had an opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favorite outdoorsmen, as well as to take advantage of special promotions in the store.
Marketing Manager Morgan Colby said the most popular item advertised was a supply of 22 ammo. Customer Larry Larrison confirmed he and a friend visited to “look at guns.”
Established in the 1960’s Colby says Gander Mountain provides great brand selection and a staff with outdoor knowledge.
“If you come in here with questions, we’ll have the answers,” Colby said.