Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Marshfield, Missouri
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DPP Moving... Decisions?? Need Advice...
I know I just got settled into the new shop and I really hate to even think about moving all my stuff again but I have a offer on the table and I have got to make a decision.
My buddy Harvey owns a large wrecker business and wanted to expand into Marshfield which is about 15 miles from his main location in Conway. He rented a building in Marshfield that is rite on the main drag directly across from the Ford and Chevy dealerships and rite next door to Wal-Mart Supercenter. So this building is in the most heavily traveled part of town that everyone drives by.
The building is a 40'x60' with 2 bathrooms, a very large office and carpeted showroom and a nice open shop area with plenty of room for a lift and atleast 3 trucks at a time. It has a paved front lot and graveled rear lot with a big enuff overhead door to pull a semi in.
All Harvey needs for his wrecker business is a place for a desk, a place to park a wrecker and store front to put his sign up so he can be seen. What he has offered is for us to split all utilities and shop rent down the middle and I move in and do whatever I want with the building and just leave him a spot to keep his desk in the office. This would meen my part of the rent would $350.00 plus half the utilities. Harvey is also hiring a full time driver that will be at the shop all day every day for wrecker calls and walk-ins. He said I can work him all I want when he is just sitting there as he will be getting paid already and mite as well be doing something.
The bulding in Lebanon I am currently in has about half the space of the building in Marshfield I am considering. It is so shallow that if I pull a crew cab in and shut the door you have to crawl over or threw it to get out out of the shop. I am paying $1000.00 per month rent on the current building plus all the utilities.
Now I know the new building really sounds alot better then what I currently have but there is more to think about then just rent and building size and that is why I have come to you all for advice.
Here are some things to compare.
Lebanon Location - Current Location
Population around 14,139
Located on main drag in middle of town
About 2 miles off interstate 44
About 45 minutes from Ft. Leonard Wood population of 12,739
About 45 minutes from Lake Ozarks
About 55 minutes from Springfield with Population of 154,777
Drive from my house is 15 minutes
The dragstrip is about 55 minutes away
closest performance shop is 60+ minutes away
Marshfield Location - Possible new location
Population around 7,118
Located on main drag in across from and next too largest businesses in town
About 200 feet off interstate 44 and can been seen well from I-44
About 1 hour 15 minutes from Ft. Leonard Wood population of 12,739
About 1 hour 15 minutes from Lake Ozarks
About 25 minutes from Springfield with Population of 154,777
Drive from my house is 15 minutes
The dragstrip is about 30 minutes away
closest performance shop is 30 minutes away
I have personally always liked the Marshfield area more then Lebanon as the people all seem alot friendlier. In Lebanon you have to be someone special or know someone special before they really seem to acknowledge you and Marshfield has never seemed that way.
My internet business is my main source of revenue and anything I do locally is just added on top of that. I am just really not sure what the best move will be?? I would love to be closer to Springfield for sure as there is alot bigger popultion there than any where else around. But I would also be moving into a city half the size of the one I am currently located in. So my delima is Will being 30 miles closer to Spriongfield gain me alot more business from there that will make up for moving to a city half the size of my current location??
I just do not have an answer and I guess I am wanting some advice from some other people that may look at this from a different point of view.
What do you all think??
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