This one could be seen far in advance. I was amazed that Gander Mountain didn't announce the local store was closing when it was announced that the chain was declaring bankruptcy but I fully expected that once Academy Sports opened Gander Mountain's closing would be a foregone conclusion.
It didn't take a rocket scientist to conclude that given D**I**C**K**S expansion into Field & Stream along with Academy Sports opening that the area could not or would not support three major sporting good chains. I hate to see the jobs disappear and the store is not that old of a store but then from what I hear one reason Gander Mountain declared bankruptcy was they expanded far too fast and aggressively. Field & Stream may have a large firearms selection but that remains to be seen and Academy Sports, while selling firearms, none seemed to have a vast a selection as Gander Mountain. Gander Mountain's problem was that their prices was far too high and they didn't compete very well with their competitors.