SOURCE: Camping World/FreedomRoads

June 18, 2008 16:06 ET

Camping World/FreedomRoads Continues Market Share Growth

2008-2009 New Store Launch Pushes Company Into Additional Markets

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Camping World/FreedomRoads, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, announced upcoming plans to expand and relocate lifestyle centers in several major markets. This strategy will bring the rapidly growing retailer to more than 100 locations nationwide.

"We set our expansion goals very high in 2007 and have exceeded our expectations," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman & CEO of Camping World/FreedomRoads. "Our newest lifestyle facility in Boise, ID re-launched this past week, Roanoke, Virginia is scheduled to open August 1 and Ocala, Florida is on pace to open in December. Meanwhile, we are relocating our retail facility in Fairfield to Vacaville, California and plan to introduce RV Sales & Rentals." Lemonis added, "The economy being soft has not changed our long term strategy, if anything it has actually fueled our focus into other creative ideas and product offerings such as rentals, fractional ownership programs and collision centers. Bottom line, camping is still the most affordable family vacation."

Camping World/FreedomRoads was recently ranked #1 overall RV Retailer in the U.S. for the 2007 calendar year by Statistical Surveys. "We are thrilled by this ranking," commented Craig Jensen, President of the RV Dealership Group. "It's a testament to Camping World/FreedomRoads continued strength in the recreational vehicles community." Jensen added, "We look forward to further growing the team in pursuit of the best experience for our customers."

In addition to this ranking, Camping World/FreedomRoads currently holds the 21st position on the list of Crain's Chicago Largest Privately-Held Companies published annually by Crain's Chicago Business. The full ranking is available in the April 16 edition.

John A. Sirpilla, President of Retail Operations, added, "We have our sights set even higher in 2009 with additional grand openings. There are over 8 million RV enthusiasts counting on us to be the industry leader. We have partnered with top lifestyle providers like Coleman, Garmin and Honda generators to name a few in order to offer consumers a one-stop-shopping destination for all of their RV, outdoor and camping needs, supported by the only national dealer service network."

In addition to the company becoming a strong, high profile national brand for those in the RV lifestyle, the expansion of CampingWorld/FreedomRoads is creating hundreds of jobs across the United States as well as stimulating economic growth.

Those interested in joining the great team of enthusiastic and strong customer service-minded employees should contact 1-800-RV-CAREERS.

About Camping World/FreedomRoads

Camping World/FreedomRoads is the world's largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts over 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle. Today the company serves RV enthusiasts with well over 100 RV Lifestyle retail locations.

In addition to the sale, finance, service and most recently rental of recreational vehicles, Camping World/FreedomRoads also provides expanded products and services to enhance and protect the RV lifestyle. This includes: the President's Club customer loyalty program, in-store Performance Centers like the Tow Center of America, campground reservations powered by Reserve America, Banking and Insurance, RV tours, Service and Collision centers, Detail and Refurbishment centers known as the RV SPA, and RV View Magazine.

For more information, visit us online at www.campingworld.com or www.FreedomRoads.com.

Contact Information

  • Diana Ardelean
    SVP of Communications
    Camping World/FreedomRoads
    847-229-6425
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