Two new recreational vehicle dealerships are setting up operations at an already RV-saturated interchange off Interstate 75 in Byron, Ga., according to the Macon Telegraph.
“Exit 149” is currently home to retailers Mid-State RV Center and Interstate RV Center Inc., which offers a service center and campground area.
Recently, Newcastle RV moved in just south of Mid-State, and Suncoast RV, a dealer with 16 other stores primarily in the southeast, has also begun construction on a new dealership.
Easy access and visibility from I-75 is the primary reason that Newcastle RV located in Byron, said Randy Goodwin, general manager of the new store. The company’s headquarters and only other retail location is in Brunswick, Ga., along I-95.
“I want exit 149 on I-75 to be known as the exit (for RVs) from Canada to the Keys,” Goodwin said.
Frances McDaniel, executive director of the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau, considers RVs a draw for the town.
“We advertise them because (Mid-State) brings in a lot of people from off the interstate,” McDaniel said. “(It) repairs their RVs and … the people stay here.”
Linda Clark, broker of Real Estate South in Byron and an RVer, said the area is ideal for RV dealerships.
“As far as Middle Georgia is concerned, you look at Byron, and we are within 15 minutes of everything around us,” Clark said.
With the new dealers, Byron also needs another campground, Clark said. “We definitely need another campground, and I’d say an upscale campground,” Clark said.
Jack Upshaw, a commercial real estate broker from Warner Robins, Ga., bought a tract on the south side of Ga. 49 to build another RV park, but he has been negotiating with the Georgia Department of Transportation over having to put in a left-turn lane.
Goodwin, meanwhile, is positive about the exit’s chances of building a reputation for RVers and welcomes the competition. “I’d love to see nothing more than RVs stretched out in every direction,” he said.