More details on Crystal-Pierz sale

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Boat manufacturer Tracker Marine Group, a division of Bass Pro Group, purchased five of Crystal-Pierz's dealerships, according to company spokesman Larry Whitely.

Whitely said it's his understanding Crystal-Pierz president Luke Kujawa will retain ownership of the remaining locations. Kujawa did not return requests for comment.

Whitely said his company purchased locations in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

"We had an opportunity to buy them and it's a presence we wanted in that part of the country," he told Soundings Trade Only. "They're going to stay Crystal-Pierz, they're not going to be called [our name]."

The Tracker Marine Group, which includes Tracker, Mako and Tahoe, sells its boats at more than 50 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boat Center locations throughout North America and at hundreds of independent dealers worldwide.

In July 2008, Crystal-Pierz Marine announced it was closing half of its 12 stores and laying off two-thirds of its employees.

At that time, the company closed stores in Rogers, Minn.; Forest Lake, Minn.; St. Cloud, Minn.; Duluth, Minn.; Lake Mille Lacs in Mille Lacs, Minn.; and Clear Lake, Iowa.

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