The owners of Arbutus RV, Rose and Craig Little, will take over the operations of Coast RV in Parksville at the end of August. (Submitted photo)

Arbutus RV expands Island operations with acquisition of Parksville location

New owners Craig and Rose Little acquire Coast RV business from Kelly Tague

Coast RV Sales & Service Ltd in Parksville has new owners.

Craig and Rose Little, owners of Arbutus RV & Marine Sales Ltd. have acquired the Coast RV operation from Kelly Tague, who has owned the business since 1994. The Littles will take over the operations on Aug. 31. They will be rebranding the location under the Arbutus umbrella.

The acquisition is the latest step in Arbutus RV’s continued growth. It expands Arbutus RV’s footprint and service on the Island. Already home to B.C.’s biggest selection of recreational vehicles, Arbutus now has six Vancouver Island locations in Sidney, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Courtenay and now Parksville.

“For years we have wanted to offer further support to the Mid-Island RVing community,” said Craig Little. “Now, thanks to the dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic Arbutus team, we are excited to be taking that strategic step via the acquisition of the Coast RV location, which has been operating successfully in Parksville for over 25 years. We look forward to the synergy of this acquisition as we expand the dealership’s presence in the market and continue to offer good old-fashioned service and value to past, present and future guests.”

Tague has operated Coast RV since 1994. Now that he is retiring, he said he doesn’t have any definite plans.

“We’ll see,” he said. “You’ll never know. I am still young. But I will be spending more time with my wife for sure because she’s retired.”

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