A Florida-based RV dealer is coasting into one of Southwest Murfreesboro’s fastest growing business areas, a 160-acre commercial subdivision named West Point.
The Murfreesboro Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary plat for a new industrial lot located along Beasie Road off New Salem Highway at Interstate 24.
That 25-acre lot will house Lazydays RV, a national RV dealership, said local real estate agent John Harney, who represents West Point developer Charles B. Mitchell Jr. of Brentwood. This will be the eighth location for the publicly traded retail and service company whose closest current location is in Knoxville.
The creation of the plat will allow for the extension of Beasie Road to the north, Murfreesboro Planning Director Donald Anthony said.
“We are very excited to bring the Lazydays brand and its best-in-class customer experience and service excellence to the Murfreesboro market,” Lazyday’s vice president and national general manager Ron Fleming, said in an email. “Murfreesboro sits in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States and it, along with the entire state of Tennessee, has a very large community of outdoor enthusiasts. We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the state of Tennessee.”
Lazydays plans to close on the land in the fall and plans to immediately start construction, Harney said. It wants to build a 40,000- to 50,000-square-foot showroom and service center.
West Point is busily developing additional businesses.
A RaceTrac gas station is under construction as is a shooting range/retail store by Murfreesboro Armory and The Outpost Armory, Harney said. The rest of the projects have not been publicly named.
“Everything else is under code names for confidentiality,” Harney said. “All are good job creators. We feel good about all of them.”
On Aug. 7, the commission gave a favorable recommendation to rezone two West Point lots from L-I to General Industrial, a new type of medium industrial zoning. On Aug. 14, the City Council approved a resolution to ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for funding to help build an access road to those two lots, one of which is being considered by an unnamed out-of-state aerospace manufacturer which wants to build a metal fabrication and machining facility. The other user would be an unnamed industrial services and distribution facility.
The city is making plans to extend Warrior Drive across New Salem Highway and extend Beasie to help facilitate development in the community. (See story on capital planning in this week’s newspaper.)