Curly McCord watched the other two Washington state RV dealerships along Tennant Way close up shop over the last few years.
According to a report in the Longview Daily News, a down economy will force him to do the same at the end of the month as the luxury rigs have become a discretionary expense most can no longer afford.
“It’s business,” McCord said. “If you can’t make any money out of it, why do it? The economy is getting worse, and it’s not getting any better as far as RVs go.”
RV sales at McCord’s have dropped 65% to 75% since 2008. Adjusting and bringing in smaller, less-expensive trailers hasn’t spurred business either.
“People are so worried about their pennies, they’re not going to buy $30,000 toys,” said Rob Bardonski, vice president and general manager of McCord’s.
McCord will shutter his RV lot after 21 years, but his car dealership a couple blocks down the street will remain open, as car sales are down but have remained steady. Any unsold trailers will be moved to the car lot, and repairs will also be done at that location. The RV dealership’s three remaining employees will make the move as well.
The soon-to-be vacant lot will become the third along one of the more traveled thoroughfares in the city. McCord and real estate agents say the properties along Tennant Way have promise. Space along Ocean Beach Highway is scarce, while Walmart and Home Depot could serve as anchors in that part of town. However, no one is certain when a business will make a bid.
“It’s an extremely busy highway and has close proximity to (Interstate 5),” said Mark Scroggins, broker with Coldwell Banker, who is managing the sale of an empty plot at Tennant Way and Seventh Avenue. “It’s one of the prime locations in Longview.”