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Auto shop owners sell business
The long-time owners of a pair of local auto shops are retiring after selling their business.
The Auto-Lab franchises in Grand Rapids, at 5333 Plainfield Ave., and Jenison, at 279 Baldwin St., have been sold by Jon Stellema and Donna Stellema.
Aaron Kenyon, who runs Auto-Lab franchises in Mount Pleasant and Lansing, has taken over the two locations from the Stellemas.
Auto-Lab shops provide car repair services.
"My wife Donna and I are very thankful to have found a buyer for our two Auto-Lab locations," Jon Stellema said. "We are now retiring and have made the sales transition in a very smooth fashion with help from Auto-Lab Franchising, RUA Associates and business brokers."
Kenyon will continue to operate the locations under the Auto-Lab umbrella.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to grow with the Auto-Lab brand,” Kenyon said. “I'm looking forward to expanding what already has proven to be an excellent relationship.”
Auto-Lab, founded in 1989, is a Michigan-based company and has grown into 27 franchise and corporate locations in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Iowa and Texas.
"We are extremely thankful for the hard work and dedication Jon and Donna have given to their community and to Auto-Lab Franchising over the past 20 years," said Stephen Wilson, president and COO, Auto-Lab Franchising. "Aaron Kenyon is a great owner, and we are really excited to see him transition to taking ownership of these two great locations to keep the Auto-Lab brand and integrity in the community."