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Michigan-based multi-location dealer General RV Center, the nation’s largest family-owned dealership group, is eagerly anticipating the completion of two major projects over the next few weeks.

Construction of its new Wixom dealership and corporate headquarters is complete and officials will soon be transferring personnel and operations while the company’s Tampa store, its second dealership in Florida and 11th total, will open Oct. 20 in the I-4 corridor — a hotbed of U.S. retail RV sales.

“We’re very excited and see this as a huge opportunity for our company, our employees and our customers in these two great markets,” added Loren Baidas, General RV’s president and grandson of original owner, Abe Baidas. He added that while General RV is always looking at other growth opportunities, for the time being they’re content to concentrate on existing operations.

Management will be relocating to the company’s new corporate headquarters by the end of September, while parts, sales and service will transfer operations at the conclusion of the 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, Oct. 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Grand River, south of I-96 between Novi and Beck roads.

While transforming 34 acres of a former Ford plant into its new Wixom dealership and corporate headquarters, General RV officials said at the onset of the project that the new site will become the largest RV retail facility in the Midwest. The new 83,000-square-foot operation is nearly three times the size of General’s current location on I-96, including 40 bays for service with widened space for RV maneuverability plus a spacious showroom and parts store. The corporate offices will be located on the second floor.

The Tampa location is also an 83,000-square-foot facility situated on 30 acres adjacent to I-4 in the Tampa suburb of Dover. The General RV Super Center will feature an RV service center, as well as a parts store and sales showroom.

Dennis Anderson, vice president of marketing for General RV, said the Oct. 20 opening will be low-key, with a grand opening set for the first week of December and an even bigger splash slated for next spring. “We’ve received overwhelming support from our customer base in southeast Michigan, and we’re excited that central Florida RV owners can soon experience the difference General RV makes,” Anderson said.