Don Strolo owns RV lots in several states across the country. But Iowa is the only one that forces him to keep the doors closed on Sundays.
The Des Moines Register reported that the state has long banned retail automobile sales on Sunday. And that law includes the motorhomes Strolo sells at Des Moines RV on Southeast 14th Street.
“It’s not alcohol, it’s not firearm sales,” he said. “It’s not something that’s a more restrictive product.”
He’s backing a change in state law that would open up Sunday RV sales. He said the business is seasonal with most sales occurring in warmer months. That makes every day count for his sales staff.
And he said camper and motorhome customers will drive great lengths to shop, putting his Iowa lot at a competitive disadvantage.
“Because they’re families, they’re often working Monday to Friday, so they have two days to go shopping for RVs,” he said. “It really damages the Iowa business owner because customers will shop and they’ll go farther away to buy something.”
Senate Study Bill 3139 would allow Sunday RV sales, but maintain the state’s ban on automobile sales. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, did not respond to requests for comment.
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