U-Neek RV Center will be closing its Ridgefield, Wash., location by the end of September and consolidating its inventory to the headquarters location in Kelso. An inventory liquidation sale has begun, according to a news release.
A dispute over the Ridgefield store’s status with the county led to the closing.
The landlord, Union Road Investments LLC, built a five-bay RV service shop on the property without obtaining a building permit. The building was built some nine years ago and has never been issued a permit nor had an inspection performed by the county. They also expanded the lot without complying with code or obtaining a permit as required by the county. The Building Codes Division is now, after nine years, forcing the issue of non-compliance and has threatened to close the building at any time. The landlord has said via phone conversation they will not complete the list of requirements to bring the property into compliance with county code.
U-Neek RV Center has entered into an early termination agreement with the landlord as of Aug. 9 and has until the end of September to vacate the property.
U-Neek RV leased the property on May 1, 2009, with a two-year lease and two one-year extensions available.
“We had planned on being in business at the location the full four years and had hoped to extend the lease or buy the property. The issue of non-compliance is a disappointment to our original plans. We are being forced to liquidate 80 RVs and the entire store inventory to have our inventory level in line for a single location. Due to Clark County Building Code requirements, we do not see a possibility to open another location in Clark County,” the release stated.
The closure of this location will result in the loss of 16 jobs and over $300,000 of annual sales tax revenue. “We are deeply saddened for the loss of this lot and the jobs that will be lost,” the release stated.
For more information contact Terry Sinkler, (360) 425-3300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary, Terry and Heather Sinkler of U-Neek RV Center in Vancouver and Kelso, Wash., were presented this month with a 2010 TimberRidge travel trailer, the 1,000th unit produced by La Grande, Ore.-based Outdoors RV Manufacturing Inc. The TimberRidge is an example of the company’s focus on producing rugged and durable four seasons units for the Northwest, mountain states and Western Canada, according to a news release. U-Neek RV has been building customer relationships in the RV business since 1978. “Outdoors RV is proud to partner with Gary and Terry Sinkler as our exclusive dealer for both the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., area,” said Darin Nelson, sales manager. Pictured (from left) are Rick Hudson, assistant production manager; Terry Fischer, production manager; Paul Christensen, purchasing manager; Darin Nelson, sales manager; Gary Sinker; Terry Sinkler; Heather Sinkler (Terry’s daughter); Jane Croxton, design coordinator; Jim Croxton, general manager; Greg Johnson, shipping/quality; and Jaime Baker, product development.