As of March 17, Gibson RV’s had a new home on 3090 I-70 Business Loop in Grand Junction, Colo., and its old building may be history within the week, according to Grand Junction’s The Daily Sentinel.
The 13-year-old Grand Junction business, which was still in the process Friday of moving from 2549 U.S. Highway 6 and 50, opened for business at the new spot two days earlier. Coincidentally, the new location used to be the home of Dale Broome’s RV, so it’s not unfamiliar territory for Gibson RV’s owners Rick and Judy Gibson.
“Obviously, the RV business as well as the boat and motorcycle business took a bit of a hit,” Rick Gibson said. “But I can tell you there’s been a swing since the first of the year. We had one of the best Januarys ever. We also had a good February.”
The business employs 10 people, which is down from its peak of 27 in 2007, its best year ever in sales. Other than last year, he said Gibson RV’s has seen around 50% gains annually. Now, it’s working back to the average volumes it enjoyed five or more years ago.
Gibson readily admits he and his wife of 30 years could have shut down the RV business and retired.
“That’s true,” he said. “But we like what we do. We’re having fun. My wife, family and I have always been RVers, and we have a second generation working at the dealership now. Hopefully, that will turn into a third generation.”
All four of the Gibsons’ children have worked in the business at one time or another. Middle daughter Cindy Wheeler is general manager. Another daughter, Cheri Konakin, does sales and serves as title clerk and receptionist. And, Rick Gibson said, the six grandchildren ranging from ages 7 to 17 already are picking out positions in the company.
“They all want to be executive vice president,” he said.
Rick and Judy Gibson came to Grand Junction from St. Louis in 1985, when Gibson was assigned to manage the Western Slope for Prudential, for which he worked for 10 years until 1989. He worked a couple of other jobs before getting into the RV business in 1997.
Judy Gibson was an account executive for KEKB radio for about a decade. She and her husband also owned Empire Theater, which was operated by their son, John, for several years. Their son’s passion for theater began at Mesa State College, and he has since moved to New York to pursue an acting career, having appeared in TV episodes of “Law & Order” and “Mercy.”
For their March 29 anniversary, the Gibsons are traveling to New York City to see John perform in an off-Broadway performance of “Cabaret.”