MINNEAPOLIS – The Opus Group (Opus) announced today plans to build three 52,000-square-foot retail buildings for St. Paul, Minnesota-based retailer Gander Mountain. The new retail stores will be located in Augusta, Georgia; Newnan, Georgia and Algonquin, Illinois. Opus has previously completed four retail buildings for Gander Mountain in Alabama and Georgia.
“Our work with Gander Mountain is a testament to the value of strong partnerships and creative collaboration,” said John Williams, vice president of Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “We look forward to continued work with Gander Mountain as they further their expansion into new markets.”
The new retail facilities will help Gander Mountain achieve its vision for a smaller, more open concept retail space. An open floor plan organized in a circular path will allow customers to conveniently move throughout the mercantile floor and help to accommodate large outdoor recreation goods and equipment.
“Passion for the outdoors is what matters most to us, and our continued partnership with Opus is helping us offer the best outdoor and recreation retail experience to Gander Mountain customers,” said Eric Jacobsen, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president and director of real estate. “We are the nation’s largest and fastest-growing network of outdoor specialty stores, and good work by Opus is helping fuel that growth.”
In addition to mercantile floor space, each building will include office and storage spaces designed for maximum efficiency with the store’s retail operation team in mind.
Opus Design Build, L.L.C. is the general contractor and CMA is providing architecture services. Construction on the new buildings will progress through the summer with completion slated for fall 2014.
Beyond these three projects, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. is also performing tenant improvements on a 96,275-square-foot space at an existing Gander Mountain store in Forest Lake, Minnesota. These renovations are scheduled for completion fall 2014.
About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design; sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit www.opus-group.com and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter.
Opus has previously built stores for Gander Mountain in Valdosta and Albany Ga. and Opelika and Tuscaloosa, Ala.