MANCHESTER CT (09.11.17) One month ago today, August 11th, fire destroyed the Extreme Audio location in Manchester. Owner Rob Lewis, who was attending KnowledgeFest 2017 in Dallas at the time of the fire, has made tremendous progress to rebuild his business that totally destroyed his mobile electronics business.
Lewis related to 12voltnews.com “Getting that phone call from my daughter about the fire while I was in Dallas was an absolute shock. I was stunned beyond words and it was hard to think of anything other than getting back home to see the actual situation. Once back in Manchester, and seeing that the building that housed Extreme Audio was totally gutted, it took only a few days for me to realize I would need to find a new location for the business. I had a base of loyal customers and needed to find a location quickly where we could do installations and get ready for the remote starter season.”
After scouring the area Lewis located a building that had what he was looking for to rebuild Extreme Audio. A window tint business was operating from the building but there was ample room for Extreme Audio to buildout a nice sized showroom, have inventory storage and multiple installation bays. The total facility is just over 5300 square feet. Lewis signed a lease the week of August 25th.
After signing the lease work began almost immediately to setup the location up for the new Extreme Audio. Many interior walls were first to go to provide room for a showroom, office and storage areas.
Lewis offered “We have been hitting it hard and everything has been moving very good. Once the old walls were out we could really see had we had to work with and this the new setup will be terrific. The show room walls and ceiling are now set. The floor and displays will be done in a week or so. We hope to be open for business by the end of the third week on this month-September.”
A few days ago Lewis got a surprise visit from Jodi O”Connor from A to Z Auto Sound Systems. A to Z, a 12volt distributor located in West Hartford, knew about the fire at Extreme Audio and stopped by to encourage Lewis and drop off some shop supplies as well as a few boxes filled with DB Link accessories.
O’Connor commented to 12voltnews.com “We knew Rob was working hard to get reopened in a new location and wanted to stop by to offer encouragement and support. We got together with Ernie Welch at DB Drive and brought along some boxes filled with harnesses and accessories to help Rob begin to stock his new location.”
“It was so very nice Jodi stopped by. She had seen the damage to our old location and was very happy to see the swift progress on the new shop.”
Concluding Lewis stated “I am so grateful to everyone who has helped and offered encouragement. The GoFundMe donations have been amazing. I remain very positive and very humble with a huge thank you to all that have helped me rebuild my business.”
Extreme Audio’s new address is 311 Main St., Manchester, CT.