MYRTLE BEACH — Some parts of the Grand Strand’s economy are tied more closely to real estate activity and had the same hard fall when the bubble burst and the economy busted.
Patrick Hill of the Myrtle Beach Movers Inc. said his business disappeared so quickly that he had to move in with his mother, where he has been ensconced for a couple of years while riding out the storm.
The area’s real estate market started a steady climb from the doldrums last fall, movement that Hill’s business felt after the first of the year.
Myrtle Beach Movers Inc. provides the moving muscle to people who rent their own moving vehicles, and there just wasn’t anything moving in any direction for months and months.
But then, Hill said, “February went BAM!”
He said that people are still watching their money because of what they went through during the Great Recession, and his business fits right in with their thinking.
“It’s the most affordable way to move,” he said.
He started his business in 2001 and at first rented the trucks as well as did the heavy lifting. But that didn’t last long and he narrowed his focus to the lifting and lugging.
Things were still OK in 2006, he said, but not as good as in 2005.
When he finally could move back out of his mother’s house earlier this year, he found that the apartment he left when money was tight was still available.
Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.