Canadian Auto Salvage Dealer Enters RV Park Business
Leo Molloy has built a reputation around Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula over the last two decades with his salvage yard. Now, the Marystown resident plans to expand into the world of tourism.
The owner of Molloy’s Auto Salvage said he has been determined for the last five years to open up a state-of-the-art park for recreational vehicles, or RVs, in the Winterland area, The Southern Gazette reported.
After cutting through the red tape, surveying the land, gathering statistics and information and preparing a business plan, Molloy indicated he hopes to start development of the park this year and to open up for business next spring.
He’s calling it Tranquility RV Park.
“The reason being is it’s going to be like a piece of heaven on earth,” he explained.
The site already possesses a spectacular view and natural scenery. Molloy plans to install electricity, 24-hour security, a dumping station, a children’s playground, a canteen, a rock climbing wall, a driving range, a mini-golf course and a man-made pond.
He said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to turn his dream into a reality.
“I was turned down for a loan, so I’m doing this out of my money. I’m going to do this regardless.”
The park will be just a short walk away from the Winterland EcoMuseum and has a number of water inlets. Marystown is a community of 5,000 located on the province’s southern coast.
The campground is already in high demand.
Molloy, who indicated people started to inquire when they heard a rumour he was in the process of developing the facility, indicated the need is there on the peninsula.
“Last May 24 weekend, there were 32 campers turned away (from various sites in the area). There’s more demand then what there is supply.”
He plans to employ four to six people at the facility during its start-up year. As the park grows and develops, so will the staff. He hopes to eventually have 80 sites available.
“This will bring economic good to the peninsula, because (people) are going to know it’s here, and they are going to come here. They are bringing their money here and they are going to buy stuff from the stores, like camping gear and everything.”
Over the years, Molloy said has learned a lot about what is required to run a business. He plans to take all that knowledge and use it with the operations at the park, but he’s also is hoping the community will give him some help.
“It would be great to get some support. I want someone to teach me how to fish, not fish for me. I’ve learned a lot of that on my own, but there’s only so far you can go yourself. Then you have to start to reach out.”
He acknowledged he has already received some help from the community and is very appreciative.