Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Camping World shutters two stores in Idaho

While Marcus Lemonis says he’ll see to it there are 320 Camping World stores across the U.S. by 2028, apparently in this war there will be some collateral damage. Without any fanfare or press releases trumpeting the changes, the company shutters two stores in Idaho.

Camping World shutters dealership and repair facility

The news was broken by the Idaho Statesman letting locals know that two operations in Garden City, Idaho, were closing down. The CW operations now closed up were a Camping World dealership, and an associate repair shop, both on Chinden Boulevard. They slammed the doors to the public last Friday.

The cause for this decline in Camping World numbers? According to the Statesman’s story, one employee, who didn’t want their name published, said the dealership in Garden City wasn’t doing as well as the company’s other locations in the area, and that many of the workers would be transferred to the other Treasure Valley sites. The closure was verified when a reporter contacted a company customer service representative.

Before CW, they were family operations

Camping World picked up the two Garden City locations in 2017. At that time, they were known as Nelson’s RV, and had been in business as family operations for over three decades. When Camping World took over a total of three Nelson’s operations, they employed some 75 people. No word on how many Camping World employees will be affected in this latest change.

Fair warning to Camping World employees: If you’re worried about your job, check the Camping World website. The listings for the two Garden City locations vanished from the company webpage before the closure took place.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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