Brandon Rental Centers set to thank customers
RIVERVIEW - For 40 years, Brandon Rental Centers have provided tools for do-it-yourselfers, supplies for party givers and even earth-moving equipment for construction workers. In 1973, A.T. “Red” Glass purchased Brandon Rental on South Bell Shoals Road from the widow of Phil Tuvell, owner. Glass, his wife, Nell, and their older son, Ron, ran the store, while 11-year-old Robert helped out after school. In 1975, Brandon Rental moved to Robertson Street, with Harold “Skip” Sholes as the manager.In 1981, Robert Glass became chief of operations. In 1986, he opened a second store at 6801 U.S. 301 S., Riverview. After buying General Rental, he consolidated it and the Brandon store in 1992, at 436 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Seffner. Robert Glass became president of Brandon Rental in 1995 and bought the business from his father in 2006. However, in 2007, the economy nosedived. “What really went by the wayside was single-family home building, a major component of my business,” said Robert Glass. But it was its diversity – especially the rentals of party items – that kept the business going. “When times are good, people party, and when times are bad, people party,” he said. Brandon Rental’s longevity, said Robert Glass, comes from ample supplies, awareness of new technology and party trends, and word-of-mouth advertising resulting from following his father’s insistence on excellent customer care. “I’ve always strived for a family-oriented work environment, which facilitates employee retention, which in turn makes for knowledgeable staff, which in turn makes for good customer service,” Robert Glass said. A 40th anniversary, customer appreciation party with music, a bounce house, discounts and giveaways will happen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30, at the Riverview and Seffner locations. Sales of 40-cent food and drink will benefit Brandon Foundation. A yard sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30, at the Seffner store. For details, call (813) 654-7368 or e-mail [email protected] Send community information to Barbara Routen at [email protected]
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