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 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.
The Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) installed Aaron Engberg of Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. as the 2011-2012 executive board president at the organization’s annual conference held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
“Winegard has been a loyal supporter of RVAA for many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this important organization,” said Engberg, director of sales for mobile products for Winegard, in a press release. “Open communication and strong participation are vital to RVAA’s success and will be my focus. Ultimately, we all share the same vision of making the aftermarket more efficient and profitable today and tomorrow.”
During the past three years Engberg has served on the RVAA executive board, helping develop key marketing initiatives to include a new website and both monthly and quarterly newsletters. In addition, he contributed to the ‘Aftermarket Best Practices’ guidelines designed to standardize communications between suppliers and vendors.