After more two decades at their old location on lower Johnston Road, Gone Fishin’ is moving to a new location.
Started by Al Ehrenberg and Carl Graham just over 21 years ago, the store has become a Port Alberni favourite among the sportfishing crew.
With Van Isle Ford switching over to a brand new building on Beaver Creek Road, the old dealership at the corner of Johnston and Margaret Street was up for grabs.
Gone Fishin’ will take over the building at 4985 Johnston Rd. on Tuesday, Jan. 27. New signage is already up on the side of the building, some landscaping has been done and they are just waiting for their larger sign to arrive.
Gone Fishin’ may only be moving a block up the road but the benefits they’re netting are significant.
“It’s got unlimited parking, basically,” Ryan Henri, who’s been with Gone Fishin for 12 years, said, adding that the store had struggled with parking at its old location.
While their old location was only a rental, they’ll own the new one.
“It’d be nice to own our own place, have parking and the storage as well,” Henri said, adding that with double the space, they’ll have the much needed “space for retail and as well as storage.”