How we started

 

IN 1964 JOHN NOEL SR. STARTED GRAND VALLEY SPORT & MARINE, A SMALL BUSINESS LOCATED IN GRANDVILLE, MI. IN THE EARLY YEARS JOHN AND HIS PARTNER BEGAN WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF INVENTORY INCLUDING BOATS, SNOWMOBILES, AND SPORTING GOODS. AS BUSINESS INCREASED, HIS INVENTORY FOLLOWED SUIT. THE BUILDING ALSO EXPANDED ALLOWING AMPLE SPACE FOR LARGER BOATS. SEA RAY, FOUR WINNS, RANGER, MAXUM, QUANTUM, OBSESSION, STARCRAFT, SYLVAN, STINGRAY, CARAVELLE AND MANY OTHER MANUFACTURERS GRACED THE SHOWROOM. GRAND VALLEY EXPANDED ACROSS MICHIGAN WITH NEW LOCATIONS IN LANSING, BENTON HARBOR, NUNICA, GRAND HAVEN, MUSKEGON, GRAND RAPIDS AND MORE. LIKE MANY OTHER BUSINESSES IN THE 1980'S, GRAND VALLEY MARINE FELL INTO TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES AND DOWNSIZED. MANY LOCATIONS WERE CLOSED AND 2 REMAINED. THE ICONIC 28TH ST ONCE HELD 13 BOAT DEALERSHIPS AND WE ARE THE LAST ONE STANDING....