A PVC distributor? I think you mean an irrigation parts distributor.
Personally, in my view, "brick and mortar" stores are on the way out. Terrestrial real estate is down, and sinking (by "terrestrial" I mean "dirt" versus the internet).
I still use my JDL distributor, but more and more I buy supplies online. Type - lawn sprinkler parts - into Google and see what happens.
Internet real estate is going through the roof. "Beach front property", meaning page one of Google, is where the money is if you want to sell something.
Buy a domain that contains your keyword, install a wordpress on your server, and type your ### off.
Once you get to a page rank of 3 or 4, start selling.
My blog, a PR 5, and the number one return for -irrigation blog- on Google remains un-monetized.
Why? I'm waiting for the right offer. If I give Hunter or Rain Bird an exclusive when I go PR 6-7, I'll cash in.
Two of my three sites are #1 on Google for many, many keywords. The third is rocketing up the Alexa ladder.
I average around $500 a week in profit online. It helps, but I can't retire off of it. It's like a part time job.
When I take it (and I will) to $2500.00 a week, I'll sell my shovels!
Anyway, put your time and money into the future of selling, the internet. Work out of your house, anywhere in the world with high speed connections, and save the gas money.
I'll be talking to Steve soon about hosting an SEO section, where I can make you videos about how to make your site or blog #1 on Google.
Do you think the forum would be interested?
Let me know what you think.