“We figured a good way to have our fans and supporters be a part of it is to throw a big party.”
According to marketing director Trey Enfinger, “We have people drive from Texas, Ohio, Indiana. They could click and buy and have it shipped but they want the experience of coming and getting it.”
With fans like these, Enfinger said they had to kick their Grand Opening house warming festivities up to an Eleven for their new location in Evans. So, in addition to the standard ribbon cutting being held on Friday with the Richmond and Columbia County Chambers, this Saturday REC TEC is putting out the red carpet to show off their new digs.
The day starts out at the crack of dawn with a scratch and dent sale, then rolls into the day’s events.
The team is preparing 100 Boston butts, 90 rack of ribs and 2,500 hotdogs just to get started. The Columbia County Exchange Club is handling the beer and liquor vending, and 100% of the proceeds are being donated back into the CSRA. Speaking of liquor, Durty Gurl will be on hand with their full line of mixers for you to try.
In addition to the great BBQ and drinks, live music starts at noon and runs until 5 PM featuring Tailored Swan, C. Lark, the Mason Jars and Sweet Burrito.
While at the grand opening event, you can tour the new facility, which will now be host to the REC TEC Cooking Academy, which began in 2018 with a class of 250 enthusiasts from 42 states and Canada and was held at the Lady A.
The immersive weekend set back each participant $1,000-all inclusive excluding travel and lodging.
“It was such a massive undertaking, so this year we are going to host more, smaller academies here and limit the class size to probably around 30 guests. They can park their RV’s here, we’ll leave the building open for the bathrooms and showers,” said Enfinger.
“Retail (local foot traffic) was never a big part of our business. Everything was e-commerce until we started sponsoring Columbia County Events three years ago. That’s when retail started picking up, people began finding us and showing up,” said Enfinger.
“People would order a grill, and we would see they were in Grovetown so we’d call them up and say hey, you can just pick that up here and they were just blown away. They didn’t have any idea we were a local company,” stated Enfinger. “
So the retail has really taken off with our community involvement and making a concerted effort to get the name out there on a local level.”
“We built this as a destination location. Our new retail ‘storefront’ sells rubs, sauces, pellets, merch like t-shirts and hats. We have all of our Durty Gurl line, and then of course the grills and all the accessories. Anything on the website you can buy here, and some stuff you can buy here is not on the website.”
“You really just have to see it for yourself.”
REC TEC FEST
Saturday, February 15, 2020
4301 Evans to Locks Road
7:30 AM until 6 PM
Free Admission/Complimentary BBQ
Gates Open at 7:30 AM
Bar is Open 10 AM-4
Live Music Noon-5
BBQ Demonstrations throughout the day