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RV company to open dealership at former Fannin location

SUMMIT, Ky. — A Lexington recreational vehicle dealership will open a second location in the former Fannin Motors property on U.S. 60, one of its owners said Tuesday.

Bluegrass RV will bring some $10 million in inventory, including, motorhomes, fifth wheel campers, travel trailers, popup campers and parts to the location, and over time will employ up to 75 people, most of whom will be hired locally, according to Todd Meade, one of three owners of the company.

The dealership should be open for business in about 30 to 45 days, Meade said.

“He has some really progressive plans for diversification of products . . . and the Route 60 corridor is a very busy road so it’s a very attractive location,” said Boyd County Judge-Executive Steve Towler. “We operate on tax revenues so it’s a very nice addition to the tax rolls.”

The range of products Bluegrass sells is likely to bring buyers in from surrounding counties and adjacent states, Towler said.

How quickly the dealership opens depends in part on the repair work, Meade said. The building needs new air conditioning units and a new roof and there is interior water damage, he said. The building is in good shape overall, he said.

A management team will come from Lexington but the sales and accounting forces, about 20 to start with, will be hired locally, and hiring for the service department will follow, also locally, Meade said. The dealership should be fully staffed in about a year.

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