Windish RV Center, a full-service motorized and towables dealer, will open a third Colorado location sometime next summer.
The new store will be located on an 11-acre parcel in Fountain, Colo., just south of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 and next door to the Colorado Springs Kampgrounds of America (KOA) park. A recipient of a 2014 RVB Top 50 Dealers in North America award, Windish RV Center already has locations in Lakewood/Denver and Longmont, Colo.
The Colorado Springs location will help serve customers who currently have to drive more than an hour to get to the Lakewood/Denver store, said Windish RV Center General Manager Jim Humble.
“We already sell several hundred units down there right now, but it’s not exactly fun for them to have to drive 80 miles for service,” Humble told RVBUSINESS.com. “Providing a service in Colorado Springs is a key component in this.”
The new location will be in a building designed to be an RV dealership, which includes seven 100-feet-long by 24-feet-wide service bays as well as a parts department and a showroom large enough to accommodate five or six travel trailers. Humble said they are currently looking to hire about 30-40 people for sales, service, parts and other positions.
“It will be state-of-the-art, and we won’t have to ‘make something work.’ It’ll be an RV dealership we build to suit our needs. It’ll have a dedicated lane for service. It’ll have a dedicated lane to take trade-ins. It’ll have a dedicated lane for transport drop-offs – just a much nicer flow for everyone,” said Humble, adding that product lines slated for the Colorado Springs store are still under development, although Airstream is a definite. Windish is one of the top 10 Airstream retailers nationwide.
Officials have nearly finished with architectural drawings, and contractors currently are submitting bids. Humble said they hope to break ground before this winter.
“We’re very excited,” Humble said. “It’s a good time to be in this industry, and you have to be in growth mode. We pretty much have the northern part of the state covered, and this is a huge opportunity for us in the south. We’re super excited to be in the No. 1 county (in the state) for RV registrations.”