Gander Mountain is opening its the sixth store in North Carolina, and the 120th nationwide, in Gastonia, NC in the late spring.

Construction activity has begun on the 43,000-square-foot facility which will be located in the Franklin Square shopping center in Gastonia at 3704 E Franklin Blvd., near the intersection of I-85 and Cox Road.

“We’re excited to bring Gander Mountain’s thousands of products and great customer service to folks in Gastonia and greater Charlotte,” said David Pratt, CEO of Gander Mountain. “Our newest North Carolina neighbors’ passion for the outdoors and active performance living will be a perfect match with our ‘We Live Outdoors’ culture.”

The new Gander Mountain store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in North Carolina, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The Gastonia store will offer an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring exciting brands like The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Mountain Hardwear, Carhartt, KAVU, Marmot and Kühl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

“We are excited and pleased that Gander Mountain is joining our ever-expanding mix of retail options here in Gastonia,” said John Bridgeman, mayor of Gastonia. “Gander Mountain is known for providing quality merchandise, selection, and value to its customers. We know that this growing, successful retailer will be welcomed and well received in our community.”