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Gander Mountain seeks Algonquin retail store

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:55 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – A developer is seeking approval to build a 52,000-square-foot Gander Mountain retail store in the Millbrook Marketplace Development along Randall Road in Algonquin.

The village’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the project for approval Monday. The village board could consider the proposal at a Committee of the Whole meeting March 25, Algonquin Senior Planner Katie Parkhurst said.

“It’s one of the biggest retailers we’ve had in a while,” she said. “We’re very excited.”

Gander Mountain Company, based St. Paul, Minn., “is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services,” according to its website.

The proposed Gander Mountain would be built just north of Walmart at 1400 S. Randall Road on what is now a vacant lot. A 240-space parking lot also would be built, according to village documents.

“The proposed site plan includes a large area for future parking expansion if needed in the future if the store expands,” Parkhurst wrote in a memo to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Gander Mountain has 127 retail stores in 24 states. In Illinois, it has stores in Geneva, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield.

Because Gander Mountain “sells a lot of firearms and ammunition,” Algonquin Police officials have had meetings with the company to review safety procedures and compliance with state laws and local regulations, according to the memo. Police also raised concerns about traffic flow within the site.

The Planning and Zoning Commission was “very supportive” of the proposal, Parkhurst said.

A representative from developer Lauth Construction could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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