Lazydays RV SuperCenter, generally believed to be the world’s largest RV dealership, has completed a $16 million infrastructure expansion project that included 100 additional computerized service bays and a collision center with 30 repair bays.
The project also included the addition of 60 sales offices, 400 RV display sites and three 60-foot downdraft paint booths.
The additional facilities were built on Lazydays’ 150-acre complex in Seffner, Fla., east of Tampa.
The dealership now has 180 sales offices, over 1,000 RVs in inventory, 230 service bays and 300 campsites for RV enthusiasts.
Lazydays’ sales revenue will reach $630 million to $640 million this year, said Don Wallace, CEO and founder of the company. As of late summer, Lazydays’ sales were 8%, or $26 million, ahead of last year’s pace, Wallace added.
Lazydays’ goal is to reach $1 billion in sales revenue by 2003, he said.
Lazydays started reducing the size of its inventory during August 1999 in anticipation of a retail market slowdown, which occurred, particularly in the motorhome sector, this summer, Wallace said.
Fewer unannounced visits to Lazydays’ sales lot and fewer telephone inquiries signaled the downturn during the summer of 1999, Wallace said.
However, Wallace said Lazydays’ business began improving in July. The improvement was signaled by a higher volume of lot traffic and more phone calls to the dealership, he said.
“The softest part (of the retail market) is the lower end (of the price spectrum) of all products, and the $100,000 to $120,000 diesel (Class A motorhome) market is soft,” Wallace said. “For us, $200,000 and up diesels are good as is the high-end gas and big 5th wheels.”