It was 23 years ago that Dave Rochette was looking for a new adventure.

Hometown Life reported that the Westland, Mich., resident was a vice president for an automotive supplies company and oversaw plenty across two continents. But he decided he needed something different in his life. So in 1997, he and his wife, Irene, bought Westland Camping Center, a family-operated RV shop that prepared area residents to head to the great outdoors.

But now, the Rochette’s are ready for their own adventures as the couple decided earlier this year to retire and close the camping center.

“Now it’s time for me to retire, although I’m not sure I can,” he said. “I think I have enough at home to stay busy.”

The shop has operated in the same place for 52 years, selling camping equipment and RVs to campers all across the region. They’ve wrapped up the summer season and are in the midst of packing the store up so that merchandise and other assets can be transferred to National RV in Van Buren Township, which bought the center’s RVs and inventory. Many of the employees, Rochette said, will also make the move to National RV and continue working in the industry.

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