Board approves permit for new RV dealership
By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector
Friday, November 16, 2018
Members of the Greenville Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday night to approve Camping World Holding’s new recreational vehicle sales and service center at 111 Red Banks Road, the former home of Overton’s showroom.
The 10-acre property contains 96,707 square feet of commercial and warehouse space.
The new rebranded location has plans to reopen by end of the year. It will focus on sales of a full assortment of RVs, parts, accessories and services and an assortment of Gander Outdoors, Camping World and Overton’s products. The location will continue to serve as a customer call center and an e-commerce center fulfilling online purchases, in addition to adding a distribution center, according to officials.
Camping World Holdings Inc. is the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations with multi-branded offerings showcasing Overton’s water sport products, Gander Outdoors and Camping World products and services for the outdoor enthusiast in addition to Gander RV Sales, according to officials.
Also discussed at the meeting was a proposed tobacco shop in Arlington Village.
Several business owners spoke out in opposition of the shop, saying they fear it would attract the wrong type of clientele.
Scott Mueller, owner of Clean Eatz, said that the type of customers a smoke shop would bring could create safety issues.
“I employ a lot of young ladies and the clientele that's going to buy a bong or waterpipe is not the clientele that you want,” Mueller said. “Our main concern is the clientele that’s (it is) going to generate. If you’re opening a convenience store and you’re selling a pack of gum and cold drinks, that’s not an issue.”
Lauren Dishman, owner of Monkees echoed Mueller’s sentiments.
“I don’t think any of my customers will be shopping there; I do employ a lot of young girls and this is a safety concern of mine,” Dishman said. “It makes us feel a little uncomfortable.”
Motahar Abduh who applied for the permit for the shop said he plans to operate a reputable business that offers something for everyone. He also said he envisioned the tobacco shop operating more as a convenience store that sells tobacco products.
“I want to be part of the village,” Abduh said. “I expect my customers to be my neighbors and clients. I care about the safety like they do, and I want to be part of the village and the shopping center.”
The board added a condition to his provisional permit approval that Abduh agree not sell hookahs, bongs and bowls, something he had no objection to.
“Once the business opens and they will change their mind and perspective,” Abduh said. “The business is going to be a decent, clean, convenience store. They are going to welcome me as part of the community.”
After nearly three hours of public comment and board discussion, the permit was preliminarily approved with a formal approval set for the next regularly scheduled meeting in December.
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