Fun Town RV, the nation’s largest towable RV dealer, is adding a fifth location in the Central Texas town of Giddings, 50 miles east of Austin.
Fun Town reported in a news release that it has purchased nine acres of land and buildings formerly occupied by a car dealership on the west side of Giddings.
“The facility made sense for us,” said Jarrod McGhee, CEO of Fun Town RV LLP. “The existing service facility was constructed in such a way that will make it perfect for RV use. And the land is on a major highway in between Austin and Houston, so it will be easy for customers to find.”
McGhee told RVBUSINESS.com that the new store opening coincided with solid sales numbers for the past several years, punctuated by a recent Statistical Surveys Inc. report that showed the dealer holding a 17.3% market share in the state of Texas through May.
He added, “Based on what we saw through the halfway point this year, we’re projecting companywide to sell over 6,500 new and used RVs in 2015.”
McGhee attributed the growth to two factors that were driving the marketplace. “For starters, Texas replaced California as the No. 1 state for RVs coming out of the downturn,” he said. “The other thing is that we specialize in towables, which is really a hot spot for the industry, particularly units in the $20,000 to $60,000 price range.”
He said the Giddings store would have a soft opening in November or December with a grand opening in early January, 2016. In addition, the dealership is poised to add five more stores by 2020. “Right now, we’re getting ready to close on property for our sixth store,” he said. “We also will be opening a stand-alone service center in Cleburne in early September, which I’m really excited about.”
While the Giddings facility won’t be near the size of the flagship megastore in Cleburne, featuring over 1,200 units in stock on 60 acres and four indoor showrooms, McGhee said the new site will serve a slightly different purpose.
“We feel like this area of Central Texas needs a good RV service facility to service the thousands of RV’s being sold in Texas,” offered McGhee. “We will open with a focus on service, and will build up the sales as we go.”
Initially, Fun Town plans to employ at least 40 people in both sales and service.
“I believe this will greatly improve the image of the city,” said Giddings Economic Development Director Tonya Britton. “We cannot say enough good things about Fun Town RV. They are a very credible company.”