GR Auto Gallery Traverse City settling into new location | Business
GRAWN – The former home of Odom Reusable Building Supplies is selling used items again.
There are still many used doors out there, but these come in sets of 2 and 4. And all of the inventory now has wheels.
The GR Auto Gallery Traverse City is moving into its new home at 5555 Brentwood Ave. in Grawn.
Odom had been in the building since 2003 when Bruce Odom relocated south of the intersection of US 31 and 633 County Road. Odom Reusable Building Materials went on sale in the fall of 2019.
“It’s still old stuff,” said Cory Wade, owner of GR Auto Gallery Traverse City. “It’s just some other old stuff.”
The GR Auto Gallery Traverse City had 32 cars for sale on Friday, with space for 18 more.
The deal for the new location was closed in October. Wade said there is still a lot to be done.
“We’re just renovating the building,” he said. “I hope the outside of the building will be painted and the offices will be ready by June.”
Wade said the new location fits in with the store, which opened in 2012. Wade said there aren’t a lot of drop-in customers.
“We love the location,” said Wade. “For us we don’t need visibility in the store. Ninety-nine percent of our business goes unseen on the Internet. We ship cars all over the world. “
Most of the cars sold at the GR Auto Gallery are on the air. Wade has a Class B dealership license and sells some of the cars he owns.
Wade said the shipping process slows down over the winter months but will soon pick up pace.
“The lowest number of cars we have at any given time of the year is during this time of spring,” he said. “This is the time of year when we are really looking for shows.”
The GR Auto Gallery has three locations: Grand Rapids, Commerce Township, and Traverse City. Wade said the other two locations have about 20 people in each office while the TC location has three: Wade, a salesman and a doorman who shuttles vehicles.
The move to the new location was a long time coming for the company. Wade said the GR Auto Gallery started the process in early 2020, but a hearing on his special use permit in Blair Township has been delayed by the pandemic.
“We issued permits for the building in February (2020) but we weren’t able to close it until October due to COVID,” he said.
Before the move, the GR Auto Gallery rented an area of around 950 square meters in the MFD Classic Motors car warehouse on 1701 Park Drive.
At its new location, the GR Auto Gallery Traverse City has an area of 12,000 square meters. However, the size of the facility was not the reason for the move.
“I didn’t need any space,” said Wade. “I had to own my own building.”
The company can be reached at (231) 276-3166. You can find inventory and email addresses for sales and shipping at https://www.grautogallery.com/locations.
For another auto service company, moving away from 1701 Park Drive meant more space. Hammer & Dolly Auto Restorations has been in business since March 2012 and moved from the MFD Classic Motors building to 2392 Cass Road in 2017.
“We needed more space, a little more maneuverability in the operations we were doing,” said Adam Hammer, owner of Hammer & Dolly. “We had a lot more demand.”
Hammer said his new location has two buildings, including a 10,000-square-foot facility that could accommodate up to 18 active projects. He said there are currently a dozen active projects at Hammer & Dolly.
According to Hammer, a separate building offers space for up to 30 cars.
Despite the additional space, the six Hammer & Dolly employees are busy and there is often a waiting time for work.
“We are currently looking for employees,” said Hammer. “We still need two or three people.”