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Camping World / Good Sam Announces Acquisition of American RV in Olive Branch, MS

Mar 25 2013 12:00AM

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CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/13 -- Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners organization, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire American RV, an existing RV dealership in Olive Branch, Mississippi in the next 60 to 90 days. Plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state of the art collision center. The company has nearby RV SuperCenters in the Little Rock, Nashville and Calera markets and a total of 7 stores in the greater regional area.

"We are pleased to begin the acquisition of American RV and expand our market share throughout Mississippi as well as nearby Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. "We expect the greater Memphis market to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market."

The SuperCenter will be officially named Camping World of Memphis and located at 8150 New Craft Road, with easy access off Interstate 22. This new SuperCenter will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast while featuring motorhomes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Cross Roads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen and many more.

On the accessory side the new location will feature new and innovative products including interactive displays and customer experiences from the top vendors such as Dometic, Honda, Thetford, Goodyear, Winegard, ADCO, Camco, Roadmaster, Husky, Reese, Cequent, Exide, Ultra-Fab, Coleman, Valterra, Dicor, Champion, Rand McNally, Max-Air, BAL, Furrion, Select Comfort, ASA Electronics, Cummins, Onan, WFCO, Weber, HWH, Presto-Fit, Stromberg-Carlson, Atwood, RDK Products, Magellan, King Controls, Charbroil, Amerigas, Exxon Mobil products, Norcold and many more. Camping World also carries and creates their own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.

Lemonis continued, "I always look for three things: People, Process and Product in relation to enhancing our Camping World and Good Sam presence. Our goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase our presence in the market, and grow the workforce. The greater Memphis area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to fish, hike, camp, and swim and just enjoy life. We are excited to begin serving this market."

The Camping World of Memphis is the first full service location in Mississippi for Camping World, however the company, Marcus Lemonis and family have long standing ties to the nearby Memphis area with its continuous support of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases which is headquartered in Memphis.

The new SuperCenter in the Memphis market will add to Camping World's future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country.

Camping World of Memphis will also be adding additional positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians, and retail support as the facility expands and is pleased to have the current employees at the American RV location join the Camping World staff.

About Camping World & Good Sam
Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America's #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoor.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure. Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com and www.GoodSam.com

Individuals interested in applying for a position with Camping World may visit http://campingworld.submit4jobs.com/

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