FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – RV Retailer LLC (RVR) announced today (July 28) the acquisition of Blue Dog RV. Blue Dog RV operates 12 stores in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, California and Pennsylvania, according to a release, and the acquisition is expected to close in September 2021.
Upon completion of the acquisition, RV Retailer will have 70 RV stores in 24 states.
“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Blue Dog RV, continuing our impressive growth with the addition of 32 stores in 2021,” stated RVR Chief Executive Officer and President Jon Ferrando. “This acquisition provides us with major expansion in the Western United States with our entry into 7 new states, giving us a sales and service network of 70 stores across 24 states. These stores are all in excellent RV markets providing a strong platform for future growth and advances our strategy to build a network of leading RV stores that can take care of our customers wherever their travels may take them.
“The Western Blue Dog stores will be part of our Western Region under the leadership of Jim Humble, president of the Western Region We are pleased that Marc Hauser will continue to manage the Blue Dog RV stores. Marc is a proven leader, both in RV retail and manufacturing, and an excellent addition to our talented management team,” Ferrando added.
For his part, Humble said, “We are excited to add Blue Dog RV to our growing RV Retailer family and to work with Marc Hauser and the Blue Dog RV team going forward. Blue Dog RV sells an excellent mix of new RV product brands from our key manufacturer partners. We look forward to welcoming well over 400 new associates to the RV Retailer family of stores and working with them to grow sales and service.”
Hauser, COO of Blue Dog RV, said, “I look forward to joining the RV Retailer team and partnering with the RVR leadership team to drive further growth at Blue Dog RV and future expansion in our markets. This will give our 400 plus Blue Dog associates tremendous career opportunities. RV Retailer’s focus on the customer experience and investment in the training and development of our associates fully aligns with our vision for the business and next steps in the evolution of Blue Dog RV.”
John and Rebecca Asplund, Co-Founders and Owners of Blue Dog RV said, “Thank you to all Blue Dog associates for contributing to Blue Dog RV’s success and growth. This is an exciting next chapter for Blue Dog RV. RV Retailer is the right partner to take our business forward. RV Retailer offers exciting career opportunities for our associates and a great opportunity for continued growth in all of our markets.”
Blue Dog RV has 12 stores in Post Falls, Idaho; Spokane and Pasco, Wash.; Bend, Redmond, Portland and Medford Ore.; Kalispell, Mont.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Bakersfield and Redding, Calif.; and Fleetwood, Pa. The Fleetwood store – which is located near America’s largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – will be part of the East Region of RV Retailer under East Region President Don Strollo’s leadership.