Main Motors expanding to old 84 Lumber site
It was 26 years ago in August that Harold and Bonnie Green opened North Main Motors, 400 N. Main St., Marysville, with just two cars on the lot.
Now their son, Sonny Green, runs the company, which has a second location called Greens Auto Point, 825 Delaware Ave.
And it's ready to expand.
The company is building a full-service operation at the old 84 Lumber site, 1001 E. Fifth St., and hopes to increase its inventory from 125 vehicles to 300 or 350.
It also will add another 12 to 15 people to the 21 current employees.
"We should be open mid- to late September," Green said.
"We're landlocked," he said. "We are completely out of room on North Main Street and we're tired of trying to fit everything in that one little spot. We're at the place where if you don't grow, you're dying. So we have to get more room."
Marysville Mayor John Gore said the city welcomes the project.
"We are always excited and pleased when local businesses are able to expand and thrive within our community," he said.
The company is expanding its existing building on the Fifth Street property and adding a second building for a detail service. The main building will house a service department, open to the public, with an alignment rack and a quick lube.
The North Main location will close but Green does not know of any other plans for that location yet.
"It's going to be pretty substantial. This is going to be a great opportunity," he said.
Growth, in general, promotes growth, he said, pointing to Marysville's new police and court facility on Fifth Street, the new Decker Fire Station on County Home Road, the Municipal Services Complex under construction uptown, the Meijer store under construction on Coleman's Crossing Boulevard and various road projects.
"We're excited to stay in-volved in the community," he said.