RV Brokers Inc., which has been selling recreational vehicles in Sacramento, Calif., for a dozen years, announced Tuesday (Aug. 4) that it will close its doors in September, according to bizjournals.com.
Owner Lino Catabran said in a news release that he’ll shutter the store because sales and revenue have declined for two years.
“We’re feeling the recession like everyone else,” Catabran said in the release. “We did everything possible to continue to serve new and existing customers, but there frankly hasn’t been enough of either to keep going. It’s a tough decision, but one that needed to be made.”
Catabran started the business online in 1997 as an RV broker, and opened a store two years later. He grew to three locations with sales, parts and service staff of nearly 40 employees. As recently as 2005, RV Brokers had annual sales of about $15 million, Catabran said in his release.
“We’ll concentrate on liquidating our existing new and used RV inventory as well as all parts, shop equipment, forklifts, racks and shelves,” he said in the release. “We will provide our customers with parts and service as long as our doors are open.”
Catabran, a Sacramento native, added that he appreciates his customers’ loyalty during his 12 years in business.
“I always felt I wasn’t selling RVs. I was selling fun,” he said.
Catabran, a former member of the Natomas Fire Department, took a job selling RVs in 1992 as a temporary step with plans of getting his real estate sales license.
“It turned out differently,” he said, “and I’ve loved the experience and the customers I’ve been fortunate enough to have served. But economic conditions make it clear that it’s time for a change, and we’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings.”