COVER STORY- J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop: Diverse Product Line Works –
OPP, Alabama – By taking advantage of opportunities and keeping an eye toward diversification, Joe Richburg has developed a powerhouse dealership that draws sales from all over, and Richburg reports he’s about to meet his longest-distance customer yet: a Canadian coming through who’s buying a golf cart.
The move into carts years ago has been a big boost to the business. Adding to J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop’s diverse product offerings, in recent years the business has picked up Yeti products, and more recently The Big Green Egg grills and accessories.
Richburg says not a day goes by that he’s not thinking about adding a product that will boost sales. And if it’s a product that’s not a traditional lawn and garden machine – especially something that will sell in the winter months or during a dry summer – that’s fine too.
Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Power Equipment Trade
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