Gander Mountain may remodel and add shooting range

WICHITA — It looks like Gander Mountain may soon be remodeling its store at WaterWalk.

Nationally, the Minnesota-based company has been planning remodels at a number of stores along with adding indoor shooting ranges.

There’s no official announcement on when — or if — the remodeling is happening here, but it’s looking very likely.

“It is under serious consideration,” says spokesman David Ewald.

“We are continuing to announce remodels.”

Remodeling includes what Ewald calls “significant changes” to fixtures, sight lines and signage.

The shooting range is called Gander Mountain Academy.

“It’s way, way more than a shooting range,” Ewald says.

“It’s what we call a virtual range,” he says.

There are real handguns that shoot lasers, and virtual simulators allow people to practice in real-life situations in realistic surroundings.

“Which is very cool,” Ewald says. “I’ve tried it myself.”

Look for news on the possible remodeling here later this year.

Ewald says Gander Mountain loves Wichita and has “been delighted to have the store here.”