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Two Employees Buy Minnesota Dealership

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Imperial Camper has had a visible location along U.S. Highway 61 in Newport, Minn., but Matt Erickson and Jimmy Smith want to reintroduce people to the decades-old business.

The business partners bought the motorhome and camper dealership earlier this year and have since renovated the office and expanded the services they provide, the South Washington County Bulletin reports.

“I basically want to invite everybody back and give Imperial Camper a new shot,” said Erickson, who is planning a June 6 “grand opening” celebration.

The camper dealer has been in Newport 44 years. It changed hands earlier this year after former owners Richard and Idella Droen retired. A 16-year employee, Erickson said he did not want to see the business close, so he joined with fellow employee Smith to buy it.

They sell motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers and luxury ice-fishing trailers. They service campers, and they are broadening the operation: They are beginning to offer truck accessories.

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