Mega-dealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter, Seffner, Fla., will go ahead with its plans to expand its inventory by 15% during the next year, said Don Wallace, president and CEO.
Lazydays, which achieved $566 million in sales revenue during 2000, recently completed its forecast for the coming year, and Wallace said last week’s terrorist attacks will not change his new-unit ordering plans.
“Our customers are proud, defiant people,” Wallace said. “They respond positively when threatened.”
The hijacking of four commercial airline flights last week will discourage many people from traveling by air, but Wallace believes that could stimulate the demand for RVs. Some business travelers might choose to travel in motorhomes equipped with offices instead, he added.
It would be misleading to draw conclusions based upon retail traffic at Lazydays last week, because a tropical storm dumped torrential rains on Florida, including the Tampa area, where Lazydays is located.
Concerning the weekend, Wallace said, “We had a good Saturday (Sept. 15) and we sold more units on Sunday (Sept. 16) than we did the Sunday before.
“Our country suffered a terrible blow, but we’re prouder to be an American today than we were a week ago,” Wallace said. “People from other parts of the world underestimate America because they don’t realize how much we have to loose.”