There’s going to be a gaping hole soon along the Langley Bypass near Langley, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia.
A swarm of recreational vehicles — at least those not sold during the current clearing out sale — are going to be driven off the O’Connor RV lot in Langley to their new home in Chilliwack some time in the next four weeks, Rod Siemens, general manager, told the Langley Advance News.
O’Connor RV has been in business for more than 30 years, first started in Chilliwack during 1979, then expanded to Langley in 1996.
Over the years, that Langley site has grown and expanded as neighbouring space came available. And when O’Connor’s shuts down in the next few weeks, it’s going to leave vacant a 2.7-acre chunk sandwiched between the bypass and 62nd Avenue.
Oct. 29 will be the last day of operations for the parts and service department in Langley, Siemens explained.
Then, depending on how fast the remaining RVs fly off the lot, the sales department will be moving east to Chilliwack in what Siemens said would be four weeks at the outside.
This is not an economically motivated decision, Siemens insisted.
It’s not a downsizing. In fact, all 22 staff member from Langley have been promised a position in Chilliwack — if they want it, he explained. They’ll join the current team in Chilliwack that fluctuates between 28 and 35 people — depending on the time of year.
No final decisions have been made yet as to whether the Chilliwack site will be physically expanded. But it’s possible, as O’Connor positions itself to become the region’s mega RV shopping and service facility.