San Diego-based multi-location dealership firm La Mesa RV has closed its Camarillo, Calif., location, according to the Ventura County Star newspaper.
La Mesa, which continues to operate seven locations in California and Arizona, sold RVs in Carmarillo for only four months. It operated from a 2.5-acre site next to a BMW dealership, a location where several other RV dealerships failed previously.
The Camarillo location was closed because La Mesa’s total sales are down around 25% since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to Executive Vice President Jim Walters, who spoke with the Star.
La Mesa had a short-term lease on the property in Camarillo, so the company’s investment in the location was small, Walters said.
Meanwhile, La Mesa executives do not expect the RV market to “bounce back for at least three months,” Walters told the newspaper.
La Mesa’s other locations are in San Diego, Davis, Acton and Modesto, Calif., and in Mesa, Tucson and Yuma, Ariz.
La Mesa might re-open in Camarillo on a seasonal basis, Walters added. “The Yuma location does real well in the winter, maybe Camarillo could be a counterpoint to that?” he told the newspaper.