Booming Boating Business After Drought

Following five years of trying to stay afloat, those in the boating business are sure thankful for all the recent rain.

At Larry’s Marine Center, Owner Rodney Brown is so glad to see business picking up.

“It had been an uphill battle, a struggle, and stuff going through the drought and stuff and it was pretty exciting getting to go back out on the lake as much as I love this lake,”  said Owner Rodney Brown.

In just the last three weeks, Brown and his team have sold 75 boats. That is big business, when you consider in the last five years, they only sold two.

Although the dry times were tough on the family-owned business, Brown’s grandmother, parents, wife, son, and daughter-in-law are sure glad they kept the doors open.

“So, other that just loyalty and dedication is why we made it. Most people who had any sense, like I said, would’ve packed up and ran.  We wasn’t all going to leave. Like I said, we were going to stay here and hang it out until the end and it has paid off, mainly because of my family and friends,” continued Brown.

This is not just a place where the Browns make a living.

They are carrying on a legacy that began years ago when Larry himself gave the business to Brown, his best friend.

“What made me decide to stick it out? Mainly because of my loyalty and dedication and my loyalty and dedication to my family and my friends and I felt like I mainly owed that to my best friend Larry,” finished Brown.

It is a decision that is now once again paying off with all the customers who continue coming through their door.

The Brown family is planning to have a celebration for the entire community to thank all of their loyal customers.

He hopes to have that in late summer.

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