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Albuquerque, N.M., dealership American RV Marts Inc. recently opened a new retail operation in Anthony, Tex., and a destination campground is planned for near the Texas store site, according to Jim Paxton, president and CEO.

American RV Marts does business as American RV & Marine, and it has two locations in Albuquerque.

Its new location in Anthony, Tex., which opened Jan. 11, replaces the company’s Las Cruces, N.M., store.

American RV’s location in Las Cruces had become landlocked by new retail developments in that city and the dealership was unable to get approval from local zoning authorities for a new location in Las Cruses.

However, the Anthony, Tex., location is better because about half of American RV’s customers in Las Cruces came from El Paso, Tex., and Anthony is closer to El Paso than Las Cruces.

The new showroom in Anthony covers 43,000 square feet while the dealership’s showroom in Las Cruces covered only 5,000 square feet, Paxton said.

Meanwhile, Paxton hopes to complete the acquisition soon of enough property surrounding his new location in Anthony to develop a destination campground that could eventually provide space for 700 rigs. A restaurant complex and Par 3 golf course are among the amenities planned.

He hopes the first 70 to 80 campground spaces on the Anthony campground site will become available this summer.