MYRTLE BEACH — Ocean Lakes Family Campground has renovated and expanded its RV center after its best year of sales and service since the recession.
The center, near the campground’s main entrance, has added an RV service bay, sales offices and more space in the store selling camping supplies and accessories.
The $300,000 expansion comes on the heels of the RV Center’s best year in sales and service since the recession, said Chris Allen, the RV Center’s general manager.
Lower interest rates and rising consumer confidence prompted some campers to buy a new RV or service their current ones after putting off spending the money during the rough economy, he said. Prices for campers range from $7,500 for a used one to $90,000 for new models.
“It’s been the best it’s been in probably the past eight years. [Consumers] are starting to feel more comfortable,” he said. “This renovation and expansion were crucial to meet the needs and demands of our customers. We experienced a record year in sales and service during 2012 signaling that the time was right to make this investment in our facility.”
The expansion added two sales offices so customers have more privacy when purchasing their campers. The store has gotten bigger, with new storage space allowing the center to stock more items.
Crews also expanded the service center, adding a 60 foot-by-22 foot camper service bay to accommodate today’s larger 5th wheel campers and park trailers. In the older bays, it’s a tight squeeze for technicians servicing camper roofs and air conditioning units because campers have gotten taller through the years, Allen said.
Crews put the finishing touches on the expansion last week; work started in late January.
Though the construction slowed business at the start of the year, Allen is expecting another solid year for sales and service this year.
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