Orr Auto to open new dealerships

Annie Blanks | 315-4450 | @DestinLogAnnie | ablanks@thedestinlog.com
Gregg Orr Marine of Destin is planning to develop the lot at 612 Harbor Boulevard into a boat dealership. ANNIE BLANKS/THE LOG

Greg Orr Auto, an automotive and marine sales company that operates Orr Quality Pre-owned Destin on Main Street and Porsche of Destin on Airport Road, is planning to open up a pair of new dealerships on Harbor Boulevard.

On the south side of U.S. Highway 98 at 612 Harbor Boulevard, just east of Banana Bart's, will be a boat dealership. Across the street on the north side of U.S. 98 at 613 Harbor Boulevard, next to Half Hitch Tackle, will be pre-owned luxury auto sales dealership.

Kevin Kaple, general manager for Gregg Orr Marine of Destin, said the boat dealership is a move to expand the company's marine sales operations. Orr Marine also has locations in Texas and Arkansas.

“It's going to be sort of a boutique marine dealer, selling center console fishing boats, bay boats, sport boats and pontoon boats, mostly quality lines," Kaple said. "They will have a small sales office there and boats on display. The plan is to redevelop that lot.”

Gregg Orr Marine Auto Moto Dealership submitted a development project for review to city staff recently. The project calls for construction of a 3,289-square foot automotive dealer building and related site improvements on the 1.02-acre plot of land at 612 Harbor Boulevard.

The development of the lot at 613 Harbor Boulevard has no timeline at the moment and no renderings are available to show the design of the project. 

"I'm excited about it," said John D'Amico with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Beach Properties of Florida, who helped broker the sale of the lot. "The two properties are going to have a nice synergy between the north and south side of the street, and it's really going to dress up this part of Harbor Boulevard."

Kaple said the plans for the dealerships are preliminary at the moment, but the company is excited to move forward with the project and hopes to have construction completed by the end of summer 2017.

“As for the marine dealership, we’ve opened up a couple in Texas and Arkansas and this is kind of a growth extension of that," Kaple said. "As far as the car dealerships go, it was just a nice opportunity for us to expand the business. We’ve been doing the Main Street location for six years and the opportunity to have a dealership on Highway 98 came up, so we’re excited about that.”