Blue Dog RV is preparing to open a new dealership to serve what it views as an underserved market in Portland, Ore.
It will be the fourth location for the dealership, which currently operates two stores in Idaho — Post Falls and Hayden — and one in Kennewick, Wash. Blue Dog will move into an old car dealership in Gresham, on Portland’s east side. The five-acre site will offer a full-service dealership and parts operation.
It’s a move that General Manager Jeff Zemp hopes will push Blue Dog up from the third largest travel trailer dealer in the country to the largest. “We’re trying to get that No. 1 spot,” he said.
Serving the Spokane, Wash., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and south-central Washington markets, the dealership was already the top dealer in the Northwest in 2012 based on data from Statistical Surveys Inc. Zemp sees the new market as being able to take Blue Dog over the top.
“Portland was an under-represented market. There were only four or five decent-sized dealers there,” Zemp said. “We think that the acquisition of Portland will put us in a pretty good position to be the dominant player in the Northwest for towables. We don’t do a lot of business in the motorhome market, only entry-level C’s and gas class A’s.”
Someone with a penchant for flat-screen televisions and stereo equipment is targeting eastern Washington motorhome dealers, The Spokesman Review reported.
Thousands of dollars worth of TVs and stereos have been stolen from vehicles and trailers at lots from Spokane Valley to Post Falls, police announced this week.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a suspect.
According to a news release, victim businesses include RVs Northwest, 18919 E. Broadway, which was struck during the night of Sept. 29, and R&R RVs at 23203 E. Knox during the night of Sept. 28. Blue Crick RV at 13915 W. Highway 2 in Airway Heights has been hit, as well as Blue Dog RV at 4490 N. Riverbend in Post Falls, Idaho.
Blue Dog was hit twice (Sept. 29 and Oct. 1) and lost 12 flat screens in the second burglary.
Post Falls police believe the thieves damaged cabinetry and cut wires connecting the TV walls. Investigators believe channel locks were used to break door locks.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.