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New boat store under construction

The future site of Marine and Repair LLC located on Third and Walnut Streets in downtown Ironton.

 

There may be patches of snow on the ground now, but business owner Chris Malone is already thinking of summer, sunny skies and a lazy day on a lake or river.

Work is nearing completion on the new Malone Marine and Repair LLC at 1201 S. Third St. Malone said he will offer boat sales — everything from $500 fishing boats to $50,000 ski boats and everything in between. He will also offer service with his sales.

“Customer service is the thing. That’s what sells products,” he said. “And that’s what I’m stressing more than anything.”

Joining Malone will be two certified mechanics, making the new job tally from this enterprise three, for now.

Malone said he thinks there is a demand for boat sales and service, given the number of people who enjoy outdoor sports and recreation. Malone fished competitively in the past.

Malone said his business has gotten a warm welcome from city officials who seem excited at the prospect of a new business locating in Ironton.

“The mayor has bent over backward and Bill (Dickens, economic development director) has been great to work with,” Malone said. “I have no complaints at all.”

Malone, who previously operated Malone’s Auto Parts in South Point for 22 years, said he hopes to be openFeb. 10. His store will occupy 2,500 square feet of his 10,000 square-feet location.