Thursday, March 08, 2007

Campground Owner Celebrates 35 Years

BROOKSVILLE - At the height of the summer during his first year as owner of a brand new KOA campground, Bob McGlashen thought he might have made a mistake. He couldn't understand why, during what was the peak of tourist season in his native Michigan, his newly opened Frontier Campground was all but deserted.

"I quickly found out that people down here don't go camping when it's hot," said McGlashen. "From June through September, I don't think I had more than a couple dozen customers."

Despite his initial frustration, McGlashen decided not to throw in the towel. Instead, he decided he would do whatever it took to keep his business afloat.

Which is one reason McGlashen is thrilled to be hosting Frontier Campground's 35th anniversary this weekend. The fact that the business not only has survived, but has thrived, is a testament to his undying belief that if you create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, people are bound to return again and again.
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