Monday, December 9, 2013
The lot on Church Street that once was full of new and used cars will soon be loaded with a wide selection of boats as Marshall’s Marine makes its first expansion out of Lake City.
The boat dealership, which has been in Lake City since 1969, purchased the former site of Hoover Chrysler Dodge at the corner of Church and Cannon streets, said company president Marshall Altman.
Altman does not have an opening date to announce at this point but said he does hope to be in business by spring.
He said the building is being remodeled with a nice showroom for the boats. The bay area in the rear of the building will be used for full service boat repair.
Altman said Marshall’s Marine has always been a family business and his brother has a home in Murrells Inlet in which he wants to move. He will be managing the new Georgetown location.
The new store will be carrying the same types of boats as are sold in Lake City, including saltwater, freshwater, pontoon, and runabouts.
Altman said once the store is up and running, it will sponsor a variety of fishing tournaments in the area.
“We have already been talking about tournaments,” Altman said, adding the business already sponsors such events, including the Carolinas Bass Challenge.
Altman said the reception he has received in Georgetown since the talk of the expansion began “has been overwhelming.”
Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries
Alex Boatman, who opened a Highway 55 restaurant in Murrells Inlet on Dec. 19, 2012 is expanding into Georgetown.
Boatman said the 1950s-themed restaurant will open next to Sears in the Georgetown Plaza by mid-January.
The restaurant is known for its decor from the 50s and a simple menu consisting mainly of burgers and fries, although there are a few other items such as chicken wings, shrimp and hot dogs.
Boatman, who has worked in the restaurant industry for more than three decades, was the general manager of the Wendy’s that used to be located on Church Street. He served as district manager for that chain before being hired by Burger King.
He said Georgetown has a lot of great restaurants but none “are quite like what we have.”
He expects to initially hire 30-35 workers.
“I truly believe Georgetown will make this restaurant successful,” Boatman said.
He said he has been pleased with the response he has received at the Murrells Inlet location. He said if that restaurant had not been successful he would not be opening a second location.
“When people ask me if the restaurant has been successful, I always say we manage to pay the bills and have a few dollars left at the end of the month,” Boatman said
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