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January '19

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26 • RV PRO • January 2019 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S N ew York-based RV One has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years – expanding to seven locations with estimated annual revenues of $400 million. Now, with its recent acquisition by private equity-backed dealership chain RV Retailer for an undisclosed amount, it appears primed for even more growth. RV One's meteoric rise in recent years is even more remark- able considering the humble origins of the dealership's flagship store, Albany RV, which began in 1984 operating out of a garage in upstate New York. The business was founded by Kathy and Tony Strollo, who rented RVs and sold fold-down campers from their Albany, N.Y., garage and home office. When Tony Strollo had time off during his 20-year career as a New York State police officer, he would take the family RVing, which is how interest was sparked in starting the business when he retired. "My five brothers and I grew up watching it grow out of our house and it was a great experience," says Mark Strollo, vice president of RV One Superstores, who as a young man rolled up his sleeves with his five brothers to help the fledgling business. Today, he runs the business with brothers Don and Matt Strollo. Three years after launching, Tony Strollo leased a parking lot for $100 a month in an industrial area that allowed him to expand sales. Two subsequent moves, prompted by Don Strollo, who is now the president of RV One Superstores, landed the business at its present Albany location. Albany RV 2018 Albany RV is situated at the gateway for the Northeast and the Adirondack Mountains while being relatively close to New York City and points south. Super-Sized Expansion Albany RV is the flagship of RV One Superstores, which has experienced meteoric growth in recent years and appears poised for even bigger things moving forward. By Rob Merwin Albany RV is situated at the gateway for the Northeast and the Adirondack mountains while being relatively close to New York City and points south. The dealership encompasses 31 acres that features a brand-new, state-of-the-art 41,000-square-foot facility.

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