How cool is it that a boat store with metal siding and a groovy sixties-era sign stood at the corner of West Gray and Montrose Blvd. for 56 years? Well, pieces of the iconic Gibbs Boats sign floated away after the last hurricane; if the property sells, the store won’t be around much longer either.
The giant for-sale sign that went up on the storefront windows yesterday has drawn a bit more attention from potential buyers than the online listing for the 24,925-sq.-ft. L-shaped property, which has been posted for about a month now. The listed asking price is $150 per sq. ft. of land.
Gibbs Warley Jr., who’s worked at Gibbs Boats full-time since 1973, tells Swamplot the shop sold its last new boat in January, and that the store is just a service business now. (Warley’s father, Gibbs Warley Sr., moved it to its current spot at 1110 West Gray St. in 1958 from a Midtown site behind the fire museum on Milam St.; it was started on Fairview not long after World War II.)
The Warleys don’t have plans to open a new location after the property sells. After Gibbs is gone, Red Wing Boat Co. on S. 75th St. and Helton Boat Works off OST near Hwy. 288 will be the only boating shops remaining inside the Loop.
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