Lazydays Pursues Purchase of Seffner Property
Lazydays RV Super Center has operated an RV dealership in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area since 1976, including 16 years at its existing location in Seffner. Last year, according to a news release, the high-profile retailer elected to exercise an option in its lease to acquire the Seffner property and is currently pursuing its legal rights to close on the purchase.
“The purpose of buying the property is to help secure our future in the Tampa Bay area,” said CEO John Horton. “However, whether we lease or own the property, we will stay here in Seffner. In light of our commitment to this location, we are in the process of making significant capital improvements which will improve the appearance and appeal of our dealership for many years to come. These long-term investments will create an even better experience for our customers in the future.”
The Seffner location, which currently employs 492 people, encompasses 124 acres featuring an approximately 86,000-square-foot indoor showroom along with 221 service bays, 299 campsites and three restaurants. In April of last year, Lazydays finalized the purchase of a former Beaudry RV dealership situated on 82 acres in Tucson, Ariz.
In the release, Horton outlined the advancements and accomplishments logged at the Seffner store during the past several years.
“Our Seffner dealership has enjoyed historic success which continues today,” he said. “Just this past year, we were named the No. 1 dealership in the country for products distributed by numerous RV manufacturers including Tiffin, American Coach, Winnebago and Fleetwood.”
For the past two years Lazydays has been recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s “Top Work Places,” elevated from No. 10 in medium-sized companies in 2010 to No. 2 in large-sized companies in 2011. Lazydays was nominated by its employees, in part, because the company offers workers “many opportunities to become involved in their community.”
Horton reported that Lazydays employees joined together to form the “Lazydays Employee Foundation,” a nonprofit organization created to aid at-risk children in the Tampa Bay area. The foundation has invested over $1 million dollars in local children’s charities in the past few years. This includes the creation of the Lazydays House, part of an emergency foster care facility in Brandon, Fla., that the employees helped build through their donations and continue to support.
Lazydays is close to announcing a new partnership with a local children’s services agency to support the ongoing operation of the Lazydays Center for Youth Development, a homeless youth outreach program in Tampa. Last month, the foundation raised over $100,000 at its second annual golf tournament to benefit children’s charities in the Tampa Bay area.
Horton noted, “Seffner, Fla., is home not only to our Florida employees but to our many customers who visit us to enjoy the Lazydays’ experience. Our roots in this community are deep and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers, and our community, for many years to come.”