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In response to a slowdown in its own industry and the economy as a whole, the namesake Poulsbo RV location in Poulsbo, Wash., will close at the end of the month.
“Obviously there’s an emotional attachment to this store,” Poulsbo RV general manager Scott Twomey said.
The company is in good health, he said, but the decision has been made to concentrate the company’s sales along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to the Kitsap Sun.
Poulsbo RV began in the city in 1986 and is now registered in Kent, where its large store is prominent along I-5. Other stores are in Auburn, Everett, Vancouver, Mount Vernon and Chehalis. No other stores have announced closures.
About 30 full-time employees work at the Viking Way location in Poulsbo, and the company will try to retain employees who can make the commute to other locations, Twomey said. Some won’t be able to make the move.
The same factors hurting the automotive, financial and housing markets are the same ones hurting recreational vehicle sales, Twomey said.
“Lending is not as free or available as it used to be,” he said.
Then there’s gas prices, a reduction in discretionary spending and everything else that comes with economic downturns and tightening budgets.
Poulsbo RV will continue to honor service contracts at other locations, and customers with questions about locations should visit www.poulsborv.com, Twomey said.