Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella confirmed that retailer Camping World will be moving into the former Gander Mountain property, possibly as early as this year.
Rinella said the deal went through last week, but has been in the works in earnest for at least a month.
The Gander Mountain store closed last year after the company filed for bankruptcy. Rinella said Camping World purchased the former Gander Mountain site from a national retail developer. He also said the company purchased some adjoining acreage and has “big plans” the city is looking forward to, but he did not have specifics to release.
“We are seeing things take a change for the better here in Marion,” Rinella said, adding that he hopes to have more business announcements to make before the end of the year.
Representatives from Camping World have not yet replied to requests for comment.
— Isaac Smith