N.C. Retailer Rolls With Times; Expands Service
The economy may not be what it used to be, but some companies can adapt. Such is the case with the sale of large-ticket items from Country Roads RV Center and Sunset Marine in Lexington, N.C.
As reported by the Lexington Dispatch, the economy is changing business, the two owners would tell anyone. Sales are not what they used to be, and a typical sale four years ago now might be a rarity. But Jeff Zimmerman of Country Roads RV Center and Sammie Bray of Sunset Marine didn’t fight the change, but embraced it, and now both companies are expanding.
Country Roads RV Center officially began in 2007 after separating from the family automotive business. After recreational vehicle sales overtook their vehicle sales at Enterprise Auto Sales, the RV center was located in a small section of the old country store building on Enterprise Road. The building was originally built in the 1940s.
The RV Center has grown three times since the opening, and the Independence Day holiday brought the fourth expansion when the company completed a new 10-bay service facility. This expansion was five times the room they had previously.
“We are now a 10-bay service facility with full retail parts as well. We are the only business to carry a full line of retail parts in the county as well as the only service facility in the county,” Zimmerman said.
But the hardest part for the Zimmerman family is managing the facility’s growth, he said. They started constructing the new facility over a year and a half ago. Zimmerman knew that if the economy ever straightened out, he would be covered up with service work having only a two-bay service garage.
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