Camping World set to pass the 100 store mark

Monday, June 25, 2012

Camping World Set to Cross the 100 Store Mark in the Next Several Months

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Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:16am EDT

 

  CHICAGO, IL, Jun 21 (Marketwire) -- 
Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, today
announced that it is set to reach a new milestone in the company's
history opening its 100th RV superstore in the next several months.

    "More than 46 years ago, Camping World opened its very first storefront
location in Bowling Green, KY, and to announce today's milestone of
projections to open our 100th store testifies to the continued, power of
our brand, strength of the team and the loyalty of customers; which are
all leading forces behind the growth of our business," said Marcus
Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam.

    The 100th store opening is indicative of Camping World's disciplined and
strategic growth strategy, in which the retailer continues to
successfully grow the business and define itself as the clear leader in
the RV and outdoor industry based on aggregate revenue, growth and market
share. 

    Camping World along with its sister company Good Sam currently employs
approximately 5,000 associates and is the largest workforce in the
Outdoor and RV Industries operating locations in 33 states. 

    "As cliche as this sounds, I feel 100% confident to say that outside of
our strong and loyal customer base, we've been blessed with the best
associates in the industry, and they are the reason for our level of
success," said Lemonis. 

    "Roger Nuttall and Johnny Sirpilla, both 20 plus year industry veterans,
have led our charge in the success and growth in our Dealership and
Retail business respectively," continued Lemonis. "These two unit
Presidents have focused on fundamentals while taking the lead installing
progressive processes and products." 

    The Good Sam Club is the world's largest organization of recreational
vehicle (RV) owners and with their growth approaching 1.5 million members
nationwide, the company feels the need to have a vast network of RV
dealerships and retail stores to serve the RV community's needs is
essential .

    "In my 26 years with Camping World it has been my vision to see the
company flourish as it has," said Mike Siemens, President of the Good Sam
Club. "As our club continues to grow towards the 1.5 million member
milestone, our members are looking for better convenience and more value
and it is our goal to deliver that." 

    The Good Sam Club offers RVers the resources to make the most of the RV
lifestyle, including significant savings on RV campgrounds, insurance,
roadside assistance and extended service contracts.

    "Our growth in the number of Good Sam Roadside Assistance and Extended
Service Contract base has raised the expectations of our customers and
they deserve an extensive network to service and repair their RV while
enjoying the use of their trailer or coach," remarked Lemonis.

    Camping World announces new stores coming in the following markets. 

    Cocoa Beach, FL - summer 2012
 Nashville, TN - open late summer 2012

Spokane, WA - late summer 2012
 Fresno, CA - January 2013
 Spring, TX
(North Houston) - summer 2013
 Erie, PA - spring 2013
 Tucson, AZ -
spring 2013
 Harrisburg, PA - summer 2013
 Fort Pierce, FL - fall 2013

Wentzville, MO (St. Louis) - summer 2013
 Clearwater, FL - fall 2013

Ocala, FL - late fall 2012
 Denton, TX - spring 2013

    The company has targeted about a dozen additional markets that will be
announced soon and is in the final stages of acquiring them. 

    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 95
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 2,000 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(TM) in
addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR(R).

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

    NASCAR(R) is a registered trademark of the National Association for Stock
Car Auto Racing, Inc.

    

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