Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A flood-damaged outdoor store forced to close its doors announced a reopening scheduled for this spring.
The official announcement was made Tuesday by Gander Mountain, a Minnesota-based outdoor specialty store.
Gander Mountain, located at 528 Harry L. Drive in Johnson City, took on severe flooding back in September of 2011, just seven years after opening.
The building has since been vacant and gutted.
“It was a sad day when flooding forced our Johnson City store to close a few years ago, so this is a great day for Gander Mountain, for those who love the outdoors,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s Chairman and CEO. “
The newly improved building will feature an "innovative interior design," and bring up to 70 jobs to the area.
Republican Mayor of Johnson City, Greg Deemie said, “I am pleased to welcome Gander Mountain back to Johnson City. This is very exciting news and a benefit to the entire Triple Cities region.”
A spokesperson for the retailer claimed that Gander Mountain is the "fastest growing outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services."
The 48,000 square-foot facility is located just off exit 70 on the Southern Tier Expressway.