Name: Glenn E. Thompson
Wife, Beth Thompson; two sons, Paxton Shuman and Davis Thompson; and one daughter, Kaley Thompson.
Owner, Coastal Appliances
Years in the Golden Isles:
Born and raised – 51 years.
How did the pandemic affect your industry?
The pandemic has turned the appliance business upside down. Getting product and parts is still the No. 1 issue we are having. We have over 800 appliances on order. Doesn’t seem to have an end. We have been waiting on some models since November 2020. 175 French door bottom freezer refrigerators have been on order since January 2021. Manufacturing blames materials to build them. Not a fun time for sure.
A local you admire:
My dad, Lamar Thompson, who passed away in December of 2012. He was well-liked by the local community from his years as a lifeguard on Jekyll to his years selling appliances. He was always known as an honest person who did what he said he would do. He taught me how to respect everyone. He also taught me you can’t catch a fish without bait on your hook.
What is your best selling product and why?
Washers and dryers have always been the No. 1 seller. Most folks buy new washers and dryers when they build a new home. Renters purchase them also because not many rental properties and apartments furnish them.
How did you become interested in your career?
My dad, Lamar Thompson, sold appliances at Sears since the 1960s. He opened Coastal Appliances in 1984. I started at 15 in 1985. Over the years I learned the ins and outs and decided this would be my future. I purchased the business from my dad in 1999 at age 29. I love sales and working with the public. I still enjoy coming to work everyday.
What are some of your favorite spots in Glynn County?
I am an outdoors man. I enjoy everything the Golden Isles offers. Fishing the fresh waters rivers of the Satilla and Altamaha to all the salt water rivers and occasionally offshore. Hunting the barrier islands and inland as well. I also make time to golf all of the beautiful courses our area offers.