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Multi-location dealer Paul Evert’s RV Country recently announced plans to close down its outlet in Laughlin, Nev., by the end of April, affecting around 45 employees.
“We held out as long as we could,” said Vice President Curt Curtis in an e-mail to RVBusiness. “But it’s a very tough economic time and the Laughlin RV market was no longer as profitable as we needed it to be.”
Paul Evert’s RV, which has been in business for 48 years, said sales remain steady at its primary location in Fresno, Calif. After partnering with Camping World last year, Paul Evert’s stands as Fresno’s only full-service dealership.
The company’s Bullhead City, Ariz., sales lot will also remain open.
“This doesn’t meant you’ve seen the last of us,” Curtis said. “We still plan to do shows in the Tri-State area. It’s just unfortunate that after nine years in Laughlin, we’ve become one more victim of the slowing economy, high gas prices and deflated housing market.”
Paul Evert’s reported it launched an aggressive advertising campaign this month to help sell off some of their nearly 200 new and pre-owned motorhomes and fifth-wheels. Some prices were stated to be as much as 50% off of the retail price.
“While there are many varied reports of the market turning around and banks beginning to lend again, we feel it’s best to consolidate locations, liquidate inventory and put ourselves in a good and solvent position to remain in business through these difficult times,” said owner Paul Evert.