Gander Mountain has completed a major remodeling of its Jacksonville and St. Augustine stores, to bring new opportunities to find great prices, selection and service for the best outdoor gear and apparel in the First Coast region.

Three-day Grand Opening weekend celebrations will happen at both the Jacksonville and St. Augustine stores Nov. 8-10, including giveaways of Gander Mountain gift cards, hats, t-shirts and three $500 Gander Mountain gift cards at each location.

During the Grand Opening weekend, customers will have the opportunity to view the new store format featuring a Firearms Super Centers that offers one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Florida, together with the best selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. Gander Mountain also offers the industry’s best selection of firearms safes and secure storage solutions; and is leading the industry in the promotion of responsible firearms ownership through its ”With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms”  campaign encouraging all firearms owners to take a responsibility pledge at and use the hashtag #responsibilitypledge in social media to support the cause.

The stores 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, Carhartt, Guide Series and Kühl, and a wide variety of men’s and women’s active footwear featuring brands like Asics, Merrell, Rocky, Reebok, Keen, Irish Setter, Teva, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia, Timberland, LaCrosse, Itasca, Saucony and Salomon.

Customers at the remodeled Jacksonville and St. Augustine stores will also enjoy easy access to Gander Mountain’s unmatched selection of new and used firearms around the country, whether the firearms are located at other stores, in central distribution facilities or on Gander Mountain’s market-leading online store. Customers will be able to order firearms and have access to all of Gander Mountain’s other terrific merchandise by using simple online order kiosks  allowing for easy delivery and pick-up at their favorite Gander Mountain store.

“It’s exciting to bring our great selection of merchandise, a sharp new look and improved shopping experience to so many of our Gander Mountain stores,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO. “Our new Firearms Super Centers have been very well received across the country, and we look forward to bringing that concept to many more stores in our network. Through these major remodeling projects, we’re giving our loyal patrons and our newest fans an even better place to get the best gear at the best prices.”

The major remodeling of the Gander Mountain stores in Jacksonville (located at 13075 City Square Drive) and St. Augustine (located at 550 Prime Outlet Blvd.) has been ongoing for roughly four months. The stores have remained open for customers with much of the work being done outside business hours. Both the 81,500 square-foot Jacksonville store and the 65,200 square-foot St. Augustine store originally opened in 2007.

The Florida stores are among 29 nation-wide that are part of Gander Mountain’s extensive remodeling plans in 2013. The efforts are part of a system-wide project that will mean expanded customer selection and an attractive new look for Gander Mountain stores in dozens of markets.

In addition to its remodeling projects, Gander Mountain is in the midst of a sizeable expansion. In the past 18 months new Gander Mountain stores have opened in Florence, AL; Opelika, AL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Valdosta, GA; Lafayette, IN; Rogers, MN; Gastonia, NC; Monroe, NC; Raleigh, NC; Winston-Salem, NC; Lewisville, TX; Mesquite, TX; Round Rock, TX; San Antonio, TX and Charlottesville, VA. New stores will open in Dothan, AL; Albany, GA and Tampa, FL in the coming weeks. New stores have been announced for Avon, IN, and Arlington, TX, to open in 2014, and more new store announcements are expected soon.