How Much Did Gander Mountain Landlord Know?

By By Dave Greber

June 2, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Earlier this year, officials from Gander Mountain promised the store would reopen somewhere in the Johnson City/Binghamton area - at some point.

But there hasn't been much movement since at the outdoor and sporting goods store on Harry L. Drive.

A lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Northern New York could be one reason why. See the lawsuit by clicking here>>

Minnesota-based Gander Mountain is suing ISlip-USlip, which now owns the Johnson City property, claiming Islip was aware of the property's history of flooding.

Gander Mountain claims Islip withheld such information, including important environmental and property documents, when it renegotiated a 15-year lease in 2004.

Gander Mountain still owes more than $2.2 million on its lease. And it's paid Islip $200,000 in rent since September.

The lawsuit says it's widely known when the Susquehanna River floods, connected tributaries, streams and sewer systems back up.

Such was the case in 2006 -- when floods closed the store for nearly 100 days -- and in 2011, when once again it lost its entire inventory.

The lawsuit states Gander Mountain's insurance policy expired May 1, and that the Harry L. Drive property is uninsurable.

Meanwhile, Gander Mountain is itself being sued. It's where Jiverly Wong bought the gun used in 2009 when he shot and killed 13 people at the American Civic Association before taking his own life.

That lawsuit claims employees at the Johnson City store had several disturbing interactions with Wong while selling him firearms that year.

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