SOURCE: Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World & Good Sam

March 26, 2013 09:52 ET

Camping World / Good Sam Announces Acquisition of Holiday on Wheels RV in Panama City, FL

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 26, 2013) - 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 Holiday on Wheels, an existing RV dealership in Panama City, Florida in the next 90 to 120 days with an official grand opening a few months later. Plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into a larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state of the art collision center.

"We are pleased to begin the acquisition of Holiday on Wheels and expand our market share throughout Florida," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. "We are no stranger to the state of Florida and with all the activities Panama City offers -- shopping, boating, hiking, fishing, state parks, and so much more, bringing a full service RV SuperCenter here to better serve the RV industry makes sense and completes our presence in the panhandle."

The SuperCenter will be officially named Camping World of Panama City and will be the third Camping World RV SuperCenter in the Panhandle, with nearby locations in Tallahassee and Gulf Breeze. The new SuperCenter located at 4100 W 23rd Street 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.

"We expect the Panama City market along with its close proximity to the major tourist areas of Destin and Fort Walton 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," continued Lemonis. "I always look for three things: People, Process and Product in relation to enhancing our Camping World and Good Sam presence. Our goal is always to add quality manufacturers and brands, service our customers, increase our presence in the market, and grow the workforce."

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

Camping World of Panama City 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 Holiday on Wheels 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®.

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