Campers Inn will move its dealership headquarters to a warmer climate.
The 14-location dealership chain is in the process of relocating its headquarters from Kingston, N.H., to Jacksonville, Fla., officials from the company confirmed.
Campers Inn Owner and CEO Jeff Hirsch said the move would accommodate growth of the dealership, which has expanded rapidly in recent years, most recently opening its 14th store in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in June, following the addition of locations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Fredericksburg, Va., in May.
“The dealerships up north really never had the facilities to go against more corporate overhead, as far as personnel side. … We just didn’t have enough office space. I think it’s important for our employees to have a good work environment. Facilities were being stretched and so its nice for us to be able to afford more space, more comfort and utilization. It’s part of creating the right culture for our companies to thrive in,” Hirsch said.
Aside from viewing the move as a necessary business decision, however, Hirsch said the favorable Florida climate – save for the recent event of Hurricane Matthew – also played a significant role in the decision.
“Maybe the overall driver behind the decision was brought on by my nephew Ben and my wife, neither of whom enjoy the cold weather or snow of New England,” Hirsch said. “So if we’re going to go ahead and make a move we should do it now, rather than later, because the reality is that as Campers Inn continues to grow, moves of this nature become extremely difficult, especially as you’re looking at the human side of the equation.
Hirsch reported that the Jacksonville dealership was largely spared from damage caused by the category 5 hurricane, which rolled up Florida’s east coast earlier this month.
Meanwhile, several of the company’s corporate executives have already made the move to Jacksonville, including the national service director, director of marketing and several administrative support staff, said Hirsch, who has purchased a home in the Jacksonville area.
Campers Inn purchased Jacksonville-based Rivers RV in January 2014, acquiring the RV portion of the business and the real estate, which also contained a bus dealership.
“My friend Larry Schaeffer had previously sold Rivers Bus, and they operated in two separate buildings, the RV company on one side and the bus business on the other side. … (The bus company) decided after a year that they were going to consolidate, so I had this great building that I thought would be a great accommodation for the growth of the organization.”