Pacific Coast RV was already planning to open a new location in Lompoc, Calif., but last month’s wicked storms across the Central Coast accelerated plans for owner Shaun Brewer, the Lompoc Record reported.
When his Pismo Beach-based RV sales and service lot flooded Dec. 19, Brewer moved up plans for opening a satellite office at the former Honda motorcycle dealership on East Ocean Avenue by a month.
“We’re happy to be here,” he said. “It’s a wonderful community.”
Brewer, who established Pacific Coast RV two years ago, had initially planned to open a sales lot with parts and service in Lompoc on Feb. 15 — a formal grand opening is now scheduled for Saturday (Jan. 15). The Pismo Beach lot could reopen as soon as March 1.
The business has been up and running in Lompoc since Dec. 30; the relocation began Dec. 21.
A full-service dealer, Pacific Coast RV sells motorhomes, trailers, haulers and fifth-wheels from all major brands. The business also offers detailing and mobile service. There will also be propane sales.
While the Pismo Beach location is closed — there was flood damage to the offices and other property — operations are being run from Lompoc.
Looking to expand his business with a small lot, Brewer and his staff began scouting locations in early November.
Sites in Santa Maria and Atascadero were also considered, but the involvement of Lompoc Mayor John Linn and city staff helped seal the deal, according to Brewer. He also met with other city officials, including City Administrator Laurel Barcelona and Lompoc City Council members.
In particular, Brewer said Linn’s pro-business attitude “made me want to do business in Lompoc.”
“We knew this was the place for us,” he said.
Without a tenant, the 1 1/2-acre site at 901 E. Ocean Ave. would have been tough to fill, but the facility suited Brewer’s needs perfectly, Linn said. The property, adjacent to Lompoc Elks Lodge 2274, had been vacant for over a year.
The sales tax impact of the RV business is expected to be equal to or greater than that of a car dealership, according to Linn.
Since 2007, the city has lost two auto dealers and precious sales tax dollars — Lompoc Valley Ford in September of that year, followed by California Dodge Chrysler Jeep in August 2008.
Pacific Coast RV is one of the top sales tax revenue generators for Pismo Beach, according to Brewer.
The new business is an indication that 2011 is off to a good start in Lompoc, Linn said.
“There are more good things on the horizon,” he said.
Moving the entire RV inventory and vehicles stored from the inundated Dolliver Street lot in Pismo Beach was a major undertaking, Brewer said.
For a time, the stock was parked at an Oceano restaurant and at Arroyo Grande High School.
There are about 70 RVs on the Lompoc lot, however the typical inventory will be about 40.
In Pismo Beach, most customers — about 60% — are tourists, Brewer said.
Of the remaining 40%, 70% are from the region — many from Lompoc and Santa Maria.
There has also been business in Lompoc from the Goleta/Santa Barbara area, said Tony Schaar, sales manager.
At the moment, there are 10 employees at the lot — most of them live in Santa Maria. Depending on demand, there could be five new employees at the Lompoc site, Brewer said.