April 24, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:04 pm

E. Mountain Sports debuts larger Man'ster store

Outdoor sporting goods retailer Eastern Mountain Sports has opened a larger Manchester store in the Plaza at Buckland Hills.

The 18,831-square-foot store, next door to PetSmart, is nearly triple the size of the former location in the same shopping center, authorities say.

A grand opening community celebration takes place Friday through Sunday, with a portion of the weekend sales proceeds earmarked to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

The 45-year-old, Peterborough, N.H., retailer has 68 stores in 12 states selling bicycles, outdoor gear and clothing. and accessories.

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