A long-time, family-owned auto shop is shifting gears to build a new home in southeast Rochester.
Tilson's Auto Repair, owned and run by Ben Tilson with his two sons, hopes soon to start construction of a new eight-bay, state-of-art shop on an open lot at 1740 South Broadway. That puts them between the 63 Club bar and Advance Auto Parts.
They hope to have the new almost 7,000-square-foot facility completed and ready to open this fall, possibly as early as September.
The elder Tilson has been repairing Rochester vehicles since 1984. In 2004, he moved into the four-bay shop in the Kmart building at 843 Third Ave. S.E. Now 11 years later, he needs a larger place with more visibility.
"The market changed. The dynamics have changed with DMC (Destination Medical Center)," he said. "As Rochester grows, we grow."
In the current location, he has six on staff including himself and his sons, Joe Tilson and the younger Ben Tilson. Once the new shop is completed, they hope to add four to six more employees to the staff.
The new shop will give the Tilsons access to some vehicles that are difficult to deal with now, added the younger Ben Tilson.
"We'll have bigger doors, which will make it a lot easier to work on bigger vehicles," he said.
The new location still will keep the shop in the area where they have long served customers.
"We wanted to stay in general area. Southeast is home," said younger Ben Tilson. "We want to be the predominant family-owned shop on this side of town."