As most of you guys know,,,I'm at most of these big box type stores during the winter doing the fishing seminars and most are overpriced,,,for sure!!! But in many cases it's the only place you can find some stuff handy, other than by mail order.
By far Bass Pro is my favorite, but none in this area unfortunately. Gander Mt I've noticed has gone down hill quite a bit in the last 5 years or so and they won't even give the people that come in to do promotions for them a discount anymore,,,and we don't get paid anything other than mileage and lodging. Then that comes from the company's we work for,,not the stores. I used to get anywhere from 20-30% when we did stuff there, now they won't give anybody one,,,,0. Even there employes don't get very much of one now,,,and it shows in the caliber of employes they have now too. Just maul rat types instead of someone actually well versed in what ever department/sport they work in. Now,,,,You ask some for replacement de-capper pins,,,,and they look at you like you got a third eye!!!! Most don't have a clue what your talking about now days !!!
I don't see Gander being around all that much longer if they don't shape things up,,,they,,, have ,,,,gone all "corporate" now and it shows in there staffs attitude and quality and flow of customers you see in the stores. I've even been told that by the employes there I've known for quite some time.
Up in Maine last year we were doing a seminar @ Gander and it was a virtual ghost town ,,,considering it was only 1 week before Christmas, and on the way home we stopped at a Cabellas just to touch base on an up coming "ice expo event" being held there just a few days later,,,,and it was packed!!! The difference was like night and day!!!
And this was just across town, so defiantly Gander has slipped,,funny part one of the guys that used to work at Gander,,,the top guy in the firearms dept,,, was now at Cabellas and he told us he was much happier working there. And he'd been at Gander for well >10-15 years.