RV One Superstores Buying Fla.-based Bates RV

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November 26, 2013 by   3 Comments

Albany, N.Y.-based RV One Superstores Inc. announced today (Nov. 26) the purchase of Bates RV in Dover, Fla. Bates RV, founded in 1986 by Frank and Dorothy Bates, is located on I-4 just outside Tampa.

According to a press release, the site is currently being reviewed by county officials for expansion plans, including construction of two new buildings. No date is set for the new construction.

Don Strollo, president Of RV One Superstores, reported, “The new location will undergo a quick remodel, a fresh coat of paint and be open by Jan. 2 under the name Tampa RV.”

Strollo expects to hire 55 to 60 people in the next 30 days. A job fair is set for Dec. 13-14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa while the store is being remodeled.

RV One Superstores, which owns four dealership sites, operates two other Florida locations in Winter Park and Orlando. The Orlando store has been open for five years and is the company’s second largest dealership, generating $44.1 million in sales in 2012. Statistical Surveys Inc. lists Orlando RV as the third largest volume retailer in units sales for Florida through September 2013.

Strollo’s brother, Matt, who opened the Orlando store, will oversee the Dover facility. “This is another new opportunity for RV One Superstores to show who we are in a new market and I couldn’t be more excited about the challenges of opening the store,” he said. “It should be a little bit easier than it was five years ago given the rate at which our industry has recovered.”

The company is also in the process of constructing its largest facility in Albany, set to open July, 2014.





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3 Responses to “RV One Superstores Buying Fla.-based Bates RV”

  1. Roger Padgett on November 26th, 2013 10:34 pm

    Today marked an end of an era…Frank Bates was the original ” think outside of the box” and freethinker to challenge the normality of how to run a successful business and Dorothy was the quiet force behind the scenes to keep him and our staff in line to insure that success. Congratulations to the both of you…..Ya’ll have worked hard for over 26 years and deserve to finish this journey on your terms. I thank you for the opportunity and for allowing me to be a part of this for the last 5 and a half years, I have had the pleasure of managing the best staff/family in this business..there will never be another culture quite like Bates RV!!! With great respect and thanks….Roger A. Padgett

  2. George M Sutton on November 27th, 2013 6:12 pm

    Frank and Dorthy Bates will be missed. Martha and I have enjoyed knowing them through out the years! Very fine folks, they deserve happiness!
    God bless,
    George and Martha Sutton
    Eugene, Oregon

  3. Peter & Barb Plummer on November 28th, 2013 1:10 pm

    Congratulations to Both Frank & Dorothy.We purchased our first Coach a Safari Serengeti in 1990.From his first location in Venice Florida and became friends from the start. Lets keep in touch Frank ,you still had the Best out of the Box thinking for trade ins I ever saw .Cars ,Motor cycles, Boats, even Real Estate.Good luck to you Both for the future .Pete & Barb Plummer.