A new business is preparing to open in a Johnson City building that's been vacant in recent months.
Construction crews have been busy for the past month renovating the Harry L. Drive structure that had housed the Gander Mountain outdoors store for several years.
The 49,000-square-foot building east of the Oakdale Commons was acquired by Raymour & Flanigan of Liverpool last November. The site on four-and-a-half acres was purchased for $2.1 million.
Gander Mountain had operated a store at the site after it was vacated by a Rickel Home Center outlet. The Gander Mountain unit closed in September 2011 due to heavy flood damage.
Gander Mountain reopened at the same location in 2014 but shut down a few years later when the company filed for bankruptcy.
The next chapter for the site will be a Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Outlet.
The new store is expected to open soon. Construction crews are expected to complete their work in the building within the next couple of weeks.
A manager at the nearby Raymour & Flanigan store on Reynolds Road said that location would remain open after the outlet site goes into operation.
Raymour & Flanigan representatives on Monday were not available to provide a target date for the planned opening of the Harry L. Drive store.
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