Camping World Inc. today (June 5) announced its position as the largest retailer for Winnebago Industries Inc. with over $150 million in sales.
According to a press release, Camping World is currently the overall top motorized Winnebago retailer, accounting for 25.5% of the builder’s net revenue as stated in the Forest City, Iowa-based company’s most recent quarterly filing.
Camping World was also recently recognized for receiving 22 Circle of Excellence awards, three Partners in Excellence Awards for top market share in their respective regions, 15 Top Rank Sales Awards and the Itasca Dealer of the Year Award.
“We are pleased to be recognized as Winnebago’s top retailer of the year in addition to recently accepting multiple top achievement awards from Winnebago,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “Camping World continues to deliver very impressive year over year sales growth delivering 25.5% of the Winnebago net revenues. We are thrilled that Camping World RV dealers made an important contribution in Winnebago’s business growth and we look forward to continued success with this partnership throughout the ongoing year.”
Winnebago’s products are currently available at 56 Camping World dealerships across the country.
“Being awarded and recognized by Winnebago in so many categories is exceptional,” said Roger Nuttall, president of Camping World RV Sales. “We value our partnership with Winnebago Industries and remain committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction in every level of our business.”
Camping World RV Sales reported that several stores earned top ranking in their respective states for 2011 sales in a cross-section of product categories, according to a press release. The rankings were compiled by Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc. They include:
• Camping World’s Little Rock outlet was recognized as the No. 1 seller of total motorized RVs in Arkansas for 2011. “We are delighted to be recognized as the No. 1 motorized seller of the year and honored to serve the Arkansas community,” said Joey Wilson, general manager of Camping World RV of Little Rock. “Our team has put tremendous effort in customer service and offering the best RV selection and service in our community.”
• Camping World’s Albuquerque, N.M., location was recognized as the top seller of Class A and Class C motorhomes in the state. Dane Wyatt, general manager of Camping World of Albuquerque, said, “We appreciate the continued support of our sales team and our dedicated customers. We will work hard to receive this honor from Statistical Survey again next year.”
• Camping World’s Woodstock, Ga., ranked as the No. 1 seller of Class C motorhomes in the state for 2011 by Statistical Surveys. “Receiving the top dealer award in Class C motorhomes is a very high honor in our industry and we’re excited for our dedicated staff to receive this recognition,” said Julie Cox, general manager at Camping World of Woodstock. “The bar is set very high for next year and we looking forward to continued success.”
Camping World Inc. announces plans to open a new facility in Fresno, Calif. According to a press release, the new location will join 90 other Camping World locations, including nine in California.
With expected support of city officials, Camping World is in the final stages of planning the new location, which will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership while generating tax revenue and new employment opportunities to the community. The release stated that early discussions have “shown strong support and interest from multiple manufacturers, suppliers and vendors looking for additional expansion in to this growing market.”
“Our growth plans across the country are consistent with Camping World’s philosophy of commitment to enhance our customers’ total RV experience,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “By increasing the growth of both the retail and dealership locations in our network, Camping World is getting closer to achieving our goal of truly being the one-stop shopping location for the RV and outdoor enthusiast across the country.”
Fresno is the second new market identified in the California area in 2012 with the recent Redding location announcement with plans to open in May. The company expects to open the new Supercenter in the Fresno area later in 2012 and to hire about 25 to 30 new employees to reinforce their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership and accessory store.
“Our goal is to expand our business into new areas, and we are very excited about serving the Central California community,” said Lemonis.
Good Sam Enterprises LLC (GSE) is relocating its executive headquarters from Ventura, Calif., to Lincolnshire, Ill. The planned move was announced today (March 8) by chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis.
“Our Chicago facility provides a centralized location for all our vendors, lenders and our nationwide Camping World SuperCenter network,” said Lemonis in a press release. “Plus, it is closer to the heart of the RV industry in Elkhart, Ind.”
Lemonis said Good Sam will still maintain regional offices in Denver, Colo.; Ventura, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Bowling Green, Ky.
Good Sam Enterprises and its wholly owned subsidiaries, which include the Good Sam Club and Camping World Inc., serve the safety, security, comfort and convenience needs of the North American outdoor and recreational vehicle market via various companies, brands, products and services.
Camping World Inc. will be opening its newest retail location in Anderson, Calif., according to a press release.
Camping World of Redding will be located at exit 670 off I-5. This new 37,776 square-foot facility will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV sales dealership in addition to an RV collision center on-site.
“Our company branching in to the Redding, Calif., market makes perfect sense,” said Roger Nuttall, president of Camping World RV Sales. “Redding is known for its abundance of national and state parks, lakes, rivers, and streams which makes our new location ideal to serve the needs of outdoor and camping enthusiasts.”
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for May 2012. The company is looking to employ between 30 to 35 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership and accessory store. Nearby Camping World SuperCenter California locations include facilities in Vacaville and Roseville.
“We are always looking to expand our business into new areas, and we are very excited about serving the Northern California community,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World chairman and CEO. “Our knowledgeable and trained team looks forward to providing one stop shopping RV conveniences to the Redding area in the near future.”
Camping World Inc. will be opening a new store in Washington State’s Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area, occupying a fomer Mastercraft building, according to a report in the Spokesman Review.
Camping World is one of the nation’s bigger sellers of RV equipment, camping equipment and RV merchandise. It’s taking over the building used by Mastercraft as its main area showroom and RV dealership.
Camping World will lease the 10,800-square foot facility from Oppidan Investment, a Minnesota firm that will be the project developer. Oppidan paid about $1.8 million for the building, said Chris Bell of NAI Black. Bell represented the seller, Wayne Sorensen, in the transaction.
This will be the first store operated by Camping World in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area. The company has more than 75 stores in more than 30 states.
It was an act of God that turned Camping World in Bellemont into a makeshift junkyard just before dawn on Oct. 6, 2010.
As reported by the Arizona Daily Sun, the two tornadoes that touched down in the tiny community before 5:30 a.m. derailed train cars, blew semi trucks off the highway and destroyed nearly the entire inventory of the RV dealership. Bill Coverdale, the general manager of Camping World, said only two of the RVs were spared.
“Thirty-two were a total loss,” Coverdale said, remembering standing over the shredded remnants of the recreational vehicles in the days following the storm.
The tornadoes also tore down the fence between the dealership and the highway and damaged the main roof.
“There were a lot of leaks,” he said, noting the rooftop-mounted heater was eventually found in the parking lot.
Coverdale declined to answer how much damage the storms cost or how much was covered by the insurance company.
Camping World is scheduled to reopen the Bellemont store on March 15, offering with a larger inventory of vehicles, bigger staff and a new roof after being closed for 17 months.
The company temporarily opened a sales lot in Flagstaff last summer while repairs of the main location continued, but Coverdale is glad to be back home in the location he helped to open in March 2009.
“It is pretty exciting,” Coverdale said.
The phone was uncommonly silent earlier this week as employees began unpacking pallets of inventory for the showroom.
“There have been so many people who are excited about the grand opening,” he said.
The company has increased the size of its staff from 15 employees to a total of 23 for the grand opening in mid-March.
Coverdale is optimistic that the RVs — which range in price from as little as $4,000 for a small trailer to more than $150,000 for a decked-out model — will sell in the current uneasy economic market.
“The bottom line is that people are having fun again,” he said.
Company officials have decided to nearly double their pre-tornado inventory to 60 new RVs. But RV sales are only one aspect of the company’s offerings. Coverdale said they are the “Walmart of camping supplies” — stating they have everything the person would need to raft down the Colorado River, hike down to Supai or go camping in the Coconino National Forest.
Camping World will be opening their newest retail location in Lowell, Ark., offering a wide array of RV sales, service and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast.
Camping World of Northwest Arkansas will be located at exit 78 off I-540 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. Its new home is the facilities previously occupied by New Hope RV.
“Opening this new dealership in Lowell is exciting in itself,” T.J. Smith, Camping World Midwest regional vice president, said. “We are pleased to bring more RV resources to this historic town. Our team is already making plans to expand upon the services of the great facility we are in and we are thrilled to become a part of the community.”
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for April 2012. The company is looking to employ between 20 to 25 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership. Nearby Camping World Super Center locations include facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Springfield, Mo.
“We look forward to having Camping World serve the Northwest Arkansas market,” said Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “This area is best known for its natural beauty, and outdoor recreation so adding a Camping World RV Super Center is a great fit.”
Camping World Inc. announced it has partnered with GlobalShopex to enable international check-out and shipping on www.CampingWorld.com.
According to a press release, the move enables Camping World to support shipping to millions of customers throughout the globe, and is a key initiative in the company’s overall expansion strategy.
GlobalShopex is the leading provider of international ecommerce solutions for U.S.-based online retail operators. Camping World will be able to enable international checkout on their websites and ship worldwide, without taking on the risk of fraud. GlobalShopex handles all international payment processing, customer service in multiple languages and international shipping on behalf of its retail clients.
“We were looking to accommodate the traffic we were seeing coming to our website from international locations, and found the GlobalShopex solution to be the most compelling, lowest cost, and fastest to implement solution in the marketplace,” said Neal Scott, Camping World’s vice president of ecommerce. “Our in-house team had GlobalShopex’s international shopping cart solution up in less than two weeks from the time we started implementing. We started receiving international orders right away, and from places we didn’t expect, like Chile, Norway, and Australia.”
Camping World Inc. announced the reopening of its store in the Buffalo, N.Y., area, according to a press release.
The Camping World of Buffalo facility, located in Hamburg, is scheduled to reopen in March and operate under Camping World’s retail store model as a one-stop, full service shopping destination.
“With the reopening of Camping World of Buffalo, we are proud to once again offer our customers a one-stop shopping location for RV sales, accessories and service needs,” said Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “Providing all of those elements under one roof is essential for the historic Hamburg community, with its close proximity to parks and trails.”
“Customers have missed our Hamburg dealership,” commented Mark Calzone, northeast regional vice president. “And we’ve heard from many that they can’t wait until we reopen to serve the Buffalo RV community once again.”
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for March 2012. The company is looking to hire at least 25 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership.
Camping World Inc. announced the March opening of a new retail location in Hendersonville, N.C.
According to a press release, Camping World of Asheville will offer convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is in the facilities formerly occupied by Todd’s RV & Marine.
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for March. The company is looking to hire at least 30 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership.
“We look forward to having Camping World serve the Western North Carolina market,” said Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “Our strong Carolina presence, coupled with our affiliation with NASCAR through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, made this an easy decision.”
Camping World Inc. will be opening a new retail location in Conway, N.H., according to a press release.
The new Camping World, serving northern New Hampshire and Maine, will house both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. Camping World of the White Mountains is in the facilities formerly occupied by Trafford’s RV.
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for April, 2012. The company is looking to hire at least 30 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership.
“We look forward to having Camping World serve the northern New Hampshire and southern Maine Markets,” said, Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “We have great expectations for this Camping World based on the success of our current store in Chichester, N.H. I am also proud to be partnering with Trafford’s RV, Darlene Leavitt and Mrs. Trafford. They have served this community well for years and we have really enjoyed both the culture and the integrity of the Trafford family.”
Camping World will be opening its newest retail location in St. George, Utah, according to a press release. The company currently operates over 80 locations in the U.S.
Camping World of St. George, located just off I-15 at exit 6, will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is in the facilities formerly occupied by Painters RV.
The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for April. The company is looking to hire at least 30 employees to increase their sales, service and support needs for this local dealership.
“We look forward to having Camping World serve the Southern Utah community,” said Camping World RV Sales President Roger Nuttall. “Not only do we have great expectations for Camping World of St. George as a retail location, as a native of St. George, I am excited about our opportunity to contribute to the community and the surrounding area.”
Camping World RV Sales, one of the nation’s leading RV retailers, announced today (Feb. 7) that it has closed a multi-year syndicated credit facility quickly approaching half a billion dollars, consisting of an amended floorplan credit facility and a letter of credit facility.
According to a press release, Bank of America, N.A., which serves as the administrative agent, led the transaction while JP Morgan, which has partnered with the company since 2003, acted as co-agent. The facility also includes seven U.S. lenders: US Bank, SunTrust, Key Bank, M & T Bank, Bank of the West, Ally Bank and Flagstar.
“Our company’s double digit return in same store sales along with an unprecedented level of profitability has earned us a multi-year facility,” Marcus A. Lemonis, Camping World chairman and CEO stated. “Our top line outlook for 2012 remains flat to slightly up. However, our tight inventory controls and right sized SGA has us well positioned for another solid financial performance.”
Floorplan financing is a line of credit that allows dealers to borrow against their inventory, and then repay that debt as they sell their inventory or borrow against the line of credit again to add new inventory, the release states.
Camping World Inc. will expand its aftermarket parts and accessories store in Nashville, Tenn., with the purchase of the historic Nashville Nightlife Theater for $2.4 million.
According to a report in The Tennessean, the theater, located about a mile north of the Opryland hotel, has hosted country music dinner shows the past 20 years. The theater will close in 30 days and will become an extension of the nearby Camping World store, the theater’s owner, Orba Maxey, 72, confirmed.
The news is in line with Camping World’s announced expansion plans, including opening 11 new stores in the first quarter of 2012.
As part of this new expansion initiative at the nation’s highest volume RV dealership chain, Camping World signage will soon surface in disparate locations like Conway, N.H.; Avondale, Ariz.; Spokane, Wash.; Redding, Calif.; St. George, Utah; Ashville, Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C., and Lake City, Winter Garden and Cocoa Beach, Fla.