The first Beachwave store was founded after Mr. Gal noticed a lack of discount beach stores in the Space Coast area. He felt there needed to be a store that offered quality beach product’s with prices that were right for every budget.
Mr. Gal had a working knowledge of business, so in 1991 he took a risk and opened his first shop in Cocoa Beach on the corner of 520 and A1A. He believed that this discount beach store was something that would help boost the local economy while benefiting the community. Mr. Gal through hard work and dedication was able to achieve the American dream.
Mr. Gal always stressed the need to give back to his community and has passed this concept down to his son. He showed this in many ways, including hiring local employees as well as contractors, believing in second chance employment and buying from local vendors as much as possible. He also gave back to the community through donating to places such as the Sheriff’s Department, the FOP, Reindeer Run, and many local fundraisers plus sponsoring at the local boat races.
Mr. Gal’s son worked closely with his father during his upbringing and officially took over all operations at a very young age of 21. Mr. Gal’s son believed with a passion on everything Mr. Gal passed along and emphasized even more on the importance of giving back to the community as he himself grew up and attended schools in Cocoa Beach. Mr. Gal is continuing his father’s legacy by continuing to grow the company by adding new locations and officially making Beachwave and sister stores the largest beach retailer on the space coast.
Please check out our list of locations to find one near you. If you stop by any of the locations, you will notice the front door is always open. This is our way of letting customers know anyone and everyone are always welcomed at BeachWave.