Orscheln Farm & Home is currently hiring for some positions in a planned Sherman store, which will be one of two new stores bringing the company into Texas.
Sherman City Council member Shawn Teamann announced the new retailer for the city near the end of Monday’s council meeting.
“Sherman’s experiencing a lot of growth in our retail-commercial industry,” Teamann, who is co-owner of Nautilus Family Fitness, said. “Next door to Nautilus (in Sherman), where the old Gander Mountain (store) was, an Orscheln Farm & Home is actually going to be opening up there — maybe first or second quarter of next year. The landlord contacted me today and let me know that, which is a really exciting thing.”
Orscheln operates more than 160 locations selling products for work in the farm and ranch, lawn and garden, livestock, home improvement, automotive and sport goods fields. The company currently operates stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, but is planning stores in Sherman and Weatherford in Texas.
“For over 50 years, it’s been our personal mission to offer unbeatable deals on everything you need for work or play —whether you’re out in the field or relaxing at home,” the company states on its website.
The former Gander Mountain store is located at 2725 N. U.S. Highway 75, near the southeast corner of the intersection of Hwy. 75 and U.S. Highway 82. Gander Mountain Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March and its Sherman location began a liquidation sale in May.
“Despite aggressive actions to improve the efficiency of the company’s retail operations and support functions, the underlying financial impact from underperforming stores and unproductive, excess inventory hampered efforts to create a sustainable path forward,” Gander Mountain said in a news release dated March 10.
Orscheln is currently accepting online applications for assistant store manager and sporting goods department head positions for the Sherman and Weatherford stores, with both stores expected to open in Spring 2018. An agriculture background and supervisory experience are listed as pluses for the assistant store manager position. The website is also taking online applications for the store manager position for the Weatherford store, but not the Sherman location.
“If you’ve ever been in one of their stores, they’re pretty neat,” Teamann said. “It’s kind of like a farm and tech store.”
The closest current Orscheln location is in Durant, Oklahoma at 2424 W. Main St. Representatives from Orscheln did not immediately return a message left seeking comment Tuesday.
Sherman Chamber President/CEO Eddie Brown said an Orscheln location in Sherman would have to deal with the area’s current historic unemployment rate when seeking employees. The Texas Workforce Commission said last month the local unemployment rate dropped to just 2.9 percent in October ahead of the holiday hiring season.
“For the economy here, of course, a new business like that, being a retail business, will help out not only the city with retail sales tax dollars, which also help out the economic development (side),” Brown said. “Those folks who have jobs there and spend money there will also hopefully shop and eat and buy homes here as well.”
Teamann agreed that an Orscheln location in Sherman would be a benefit for the city.
“That’s a really neat thing for Sherman, especially when you see big-box retailers coming in when you continue to hear about big box retailers going out everywhere else,” Teamann said. “That’s a great thing for the city and tax revenue in general.”