Camping World Inc. announced today (Oct. 7) that it will consolidate locations in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and New York to “improve their cost and expense structure, which will better position the company for sustainable returns in today’s marketplace.”
Concurrently, Camping World said that in the first quarter of 2009 it will open new stores in Vacaville, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz. Highlights of the consolidations include:
• The outlet in Avondale, Ariz., will consolidate with the company’s Phoenix location, which was recently named Fleetwood’s exclusive motorhome RV sales and service dealer in virtually all of the state.
• Colorado RV Outlet in Golden, that includes rentals, has been moved to the company’s Denver location.
• Snellville RV Sales and Rentals in Georgia combined with Camping World of Atlanta at both the Oakwood and Woodstock locations. Camping World also has stores in Macon and Savannah.
• The Hamburg RV Sales and Rentals in New York State will now be serviced by four Camping World locations in the New York market.
“Although our stores continue to outperform the marketplace, being down around 9% in this soft economy, seasonality coupled with territory penetration and customer overlap by larger Camping World locations forced us to make these strategic decisions,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “We owe it to our lenders, associates and stakeholders to operate at the highest level of profitability in all markets including new 2009 locations and to make Camping World stronger for the long term”.
In most markets, Camping World operates from a department store business model offering RV sales, service, RV and outdoor accessories, and rentals in one location.