Cincinnati-based Family RV Group operates 12 dealerships in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Northgate RV Center – Georgia’s top towable dealer – includes two dealerships in Knoxville, Tenn., and in Ringgold, Ga.
RV Retailer, launched in early 2018 by a group of veteran automotive retail executives, is expected to close its latest dealership acquisitions in February and, in the process, affirm its position as the nation’s No. 2 dealer in terms of stores with 52 outlets in 15 states. Today’s dealer management team – including Jon Ferrando, Don Strollo, Jim Humble and Donny O’Banion – has logged more than 250 years in the RV industry.
“We are excited to announce the acquisitions of Family RV Group and Northgate RV,” President and CEO Ferrando said in a Tuesday (Jan. 5) release. “These acquisitions allow us to expand into new southern and Midwest markets along the I-75 corridor with 14 stores in five new states with strong demographics for RV sales and service. This is an excellent way for us to kick off 2021 with continued exceptional growth to 52 stores in 15 states.”
“These stores will be part of the Eastern Region of RVR under the leadership of Don Strollo, president of the Eastern Region,” Ferrando continued. “We are pleased that Steve and Chuck Jung will continue to manage the Family RV Group stores under Don’s direction. The Jung family founded the business in Cincinnati as Colerain RV in 1968 and has been providing exceptional customer service for 52 years. The Yates family founded Northgate RV 26 years ago, and we are pleased that key Yates family members will stay on in key positions with the Northgate RV business.”
Added Strollo: “We are excited to add these stores selling over 6,000 RVs per year. Family RV Group and Northgate RV sell an excellent mix of new RV product brands from our key manufacturer partners including Thor industries, Forest River and Grand Design. I look forward to welcoming over 350 new associates to the RV Retailer family of stores and working with them to grow sales and service.”
Chuck Jung of Family RV, founded as Colerain Family RV in suburban Cincinnati and later expanding into Family RV Group, noted: “This is an exciting next chapter for the Family RV Group. RV Retailer offers us an excellent opportunity to continue growing our business.”
“My brother Chuck and I look forward to joining the RV Retailer team,” noted Steve Jung, “and I know all of our store associates will be excited for what is ahead.”
Meanwhile, Billy Yates, co-founder of Northgate RV, said, “Our family is pleased that Northgate RV will become part of the RV Retailer family of stores and our key family members in the business look forward to joining the RV Retailer team. We are proud of our ranking as the #1 towable dealer in Georgia, and I look forward to many more years of success for our stores in the future.”