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Mon Jul 25, 2016
Kampgrounds of America Inc. has purchased the Moab, Utah KOA from franchisees Greg and Susan Robinson, making it the 28th campground in KOA’s Company-Operated Properties Division.
The Robinsons had owned the Moab KOA since 2011. The campground has been a part of the Kampgrounds of America system in North America for the past 49 years. The Robinsons previously owned the Twin Mountain/Mt. Washington KOA Holiday in New Hampshire from 2006 to 2011.
The couple is originally from South Africa, but has lived in the U.S. for the past 22 years. Prior to purchasing their first campground, Susan worked as an analyst for Wells Fargo and Greg was the chief operating officer for a major commercial properties developer.
“After 12 years of working at corporate jobs in the U.S., we woke up one morning and said, ‘Why are we doing this?’ We wanted our own business, and KOA was a perfect fit for us,” Greg Robinson says.
The Robinsons undertook an extensive expansion plan for the campground after they purchased the Moab KOA, adding additional land, RV sites, and Deluxe Cabins to the inventory. The expansion was completed in 2015.
The Robinsons say they plan to take a few months off before working their way back into the commercial rental properties business.
“But you never can tell,” Greg Robinson says. “We love KOA so much, we might be back.”
The campground is located near both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and is surrounded by great access to hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, paleontology sites and off-roading ATV trails.
The Moab KOA’s occupancy has grown from under 20,000 nights in 2011 to more than 32,500 nights in 2015. The campground now includes 98 full-hookup RV Sites; 37 water and electric RV Sites; 28 Tent Sites; 22 Camping Cabins; and 26 Deluxe Cabins, for a total of 211 sites and accommodations.
The Moab KOA also offers a variety of on-site amenities, including a swimming pool, mini-golf, three dog walk areas, horseshoes and a playground.
KOA's Company Operated Properties Division is currently planning for several capital improvement projects and amenities to add to the park.
Dawn Tuzi has been named as the new general manager for the Moab KOA, according to a press release from KOA.