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Gone is the empty parking lot and the faded signs. The empty building in Sun City, Ariz., that once was an inviting shelter for an occasional squatter now echoes with construction sounds – hammering, a piece of metal hitting the floor. A chain-link fence now surrounding the property will be replaced with a wrought-iron barrier to protect the merchandise now filling the lot that once surrounded the New China Super Buffet on Grand Avenue.

As reported by Your West Valley News, it’s a new day for the former eyesore, and a new ride for Sun City and the West Valley.

Anthem RV, a four-year-old business based in north Phoenix, is now open to the public at its latest location, although until renovations are complete, the company will be carrying out sales and consignment only at the site.

“We’ll be full service, full parts once we get this built out. This is our pre-opening,” said general manager Martin Olson on the sales lot Sunday.

The company expects to employ a staff of up to 5-6 sales associates, as well as service technicians and office support. It was not immediately known whether any would be moving over from the north Phoenix location.

Anthem, which had its development plan approved Dec. 10 by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, began moving vehicles onto the lot Friday, opening for the first time Saturday.

“It’s been really good. We’ve had a few people recognize us from the Anthem location,” Olson said in describing early customer traffic.

Plans call for Anthem RV to remodel the existing 7,921-square-foot structure formerly housing the Chinese buffet, utilizing the lot to display 50 RVs along Grand and 108th avenues. Another 31 spaces – including two that are handicapped-accessible – will be designated for customers and employees.

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