In July 2021, Arthur “Artie” Grazier vowed to rebuild his Sharpe Auto Restore in Decrease Burrell after an in a single day fireplace destroyed his enterprise. Virtually a yr later, the auto restore store proprietor made good on his promise.
“The massive factor was that no one was damage, and, that I’ll at all times be thankful for,” Grazier stated. This June, Grazier not solely reopened his automotive and auto restore store alongside Leechburg Street, however he now has a newly painted inside, new roof and extra.
“It’s been a wrestle since covid-19,” stated Grazier, 59, of Higher Burrell. “Then the fireplace hit. It’s what it’s.”
Given the setbacks, Grazier is blissful. About 99% of his prospects returned together with some new ones, he stated.
“I used to be two weeks booked out inside being open solely every week,” he stated.
A part of the explanation Grazier might reopen on the similar web site is that his landlord wished him there.
Erik Reifschneider stated he wished to rebuild as a result of his household has owned the positioning because the Nineteen Forties.
First, the investigation into the reason for the fireplace took months, Reifschneider stated.
The fireplace was brought on by an workplace microwave oven that was not in use and malfunctioned, he stated.
Provide chain points for supplies, significantly the trusses and the roof, slowed building of the auto store.
There have been enhancements: Reifschneider put in greater doorways that may accommodate a motor residence. Beforehand, the mechanics needed to work on these autos exterior.
The auto restore store constructing was a part of a bus restore store and one other automotive enterprise. Menzie Dairy additionally operated a distribution facility on the positioning.
The location sat vacant for greater than a decade earlier than Grazier opened his auto restore store in 2009.
He went searching for a web site after opening a store in Arnold that, he stated, was in an “unfavorable neighborhood.”
He knew Reifschneider and his household, and the timing was proper.
Grazier has been tinkering with vehicles since he was a boy.
“I at all times wished to personal a automotive restore store,” he stated.
After he held jobs for Edgewood Metal and labored in high quality management for an aluminum producer, Grazier bought bored with watching employers erode advantages packages to staff.
He stated he was blissful to proceed operating his personal auto store.
“I like being self-employed, and I just like the folks,” Grazier stated.
He does have considerations concerning the future, he stated.
“Some retailers are closing down,” Grazier stated. “No person needs to do this sort of work anymore.”
There’s a better funding within the crucial tools and extra computer systems to cope with. And the auto trade itself continues to vary.
“Outlets will must be ready to work with extra electrical vehicles,” Grazier stated.
After getting again up and operating, Grazier is prepared for something.