ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — It’s been almost two years since Romeo Edward Breau III opened Romeo 3’s Collision Center on Alabama 59 in Robertsdale and, he says, business has been pretty …
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — It’s been almost two years since Romeo Edward Breau III opened Romeo 3’s Collision Center on Alabama 59 in Robertsdale and, he says, business has been pretty steady.
“We’ve definitely had something to do every day,” said the South Carolina native who opened his shop in December 2016 after more than a decade operating a shop in Greenville, Alabama.
In an interview from January of 2017, Breau said he dropped out of school in the 10th grade, returning later to get his GED, but the majority of his education came from his parents’ body shop, People’s Paint and Body in Anderson, South Carolina.
His mother died when he was 5 years old, Breau said, he and his father moved to Massachusetts, landing in the Bay Minette area of Baldwin County a year later.
“I lived here from about age 6 to about age 10,” he said. And while he has lived several places since, he has always wanted to come back and start a business.
And it doesn’t hurt to have other ties to the area.
“My wife (Billie) is from here, and she has several relatives who live in the area, so it’s good to be back closer to them,” he said.
Breau said he learned everything he could about the paint and body business from his father and others before opening up his own shop in Greenville, Alabama, in 2006. When his first shop burned to the ground, he said, he took a 250-square-foot trailer, renovated it and opened back up.
He ended up purchasing six acres of property and a shop on Highway 59 in Robertsdale last year and, after months of renovations, opened the new Romeo 3s in December 2016.
“Our shop in Greenville is relatively small and we work primarily on collision work there, but here we have room to do just about everything,” he said.
That includes custom work, which he does all himself, everything from cars and trucks to boats and other vehicles, including a custom painted military vehicle which is parked front and center on Highway 59.
Breau and his family recently held a ribbon cutting for the new RC3 Window Tinting operation, offering custom ceramic window tinting.
“There are different grades of window tinting and ceramic is on the high end, Breau said. “This is something that will last a lifetime.”
In fact, the product does come with a lifetime warranty, Breau said.
Learn more at romeo3scollisionllc.com or visit Romeo 3’s or the RC3 Window Tinting page on Facebook. You can also call Romeo 3’s at 251-945-ROME (7663).