Gander Mountain - Spirit Halloween

New signage hangs from the old Gander Mountain location off Central Texas Expressway Tuesday in Killeen.

Sergio Flores | Herald

A destination for Halloween costumes will open Monday in Killeen.

Spirit Halloween is set to take over the building that used to be occupied by Gander Mountain at 701 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Employees were unpacking merchandise and setting up the shop around noon Tuesday. Though a sign is up on the building, customers will not be allowed into the store until the Sept. 18 opening.

The Killeen location is the ninth in Central Texas.

The company has been operating in Killeen since 2008, but it relies on whatever real estate is available to run its organization, according to spokesman John Domeracki.

This year, the former Gander Mountain building just happened to be available.

Executives from Gander Mountain, a Minnesota-based hunting, fishing and camping store, announced in March the Killeen location would be among its stores across the country that would be closing.

The Killeen store closed its doors for good this summer, just two years after it opened.

Killeen is a desirable location for the company because it’s one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, Domeracki said.

The city’s large military population means plenty of families are in need of a place to get Halloween supplies.

There is currently a Spirit Halloween at 201 E. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights, and another at the former Steve & Barry’s building at 3111 S. 31st St. in the Temple Mall.

Shoppers can find a coupon for 20 percent off a single item at the store’s website, spirithalloween.com.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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