Could Gander Mountain reopen in Johnson City?

By Perry Russom

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Gander Mountain appears to be making plans to return to Johnson City.

The sporting goods store closed its JC location after the 2011 flood.

We haven't heard much from Gander Mountain since they left the area two years ago, but last week they posted three different job opportunities on their website stationed in Johnson City.

As the property off of Harry L. Drive stands now, the parking lot is vacant with overgrown weeds and the windows are shuttered, but soon, the building could be crawling with customers once again.

Gander Mountain leases the site from ISlip-USlip - a company out of Long Island, NY.

Gander Mountain tried to cancel it's 15-year lease after the store flooded in both 2006 and 2011, saying it couldn't get all risk insurance, but a U.S. District Court ruled neither insurance nor financial difficulties were grounds to end the lease.

The lease is still open and continues into 2019.

ISlip U-Slip said there have been talks about Gander moving back in, but they haven't heard anything official.

They said Gander Mountain has the right to move back in whenever they want and they hope they do.

As for the jobs that are listed, they're looking for two retail assistant managers as well as general workers.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said Gander Mountain has not filed any request for a building permit.

Gander Mountain did not respond to our request for more information or comment.

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