Garrettsville – A staple on North Street for almost twenty-four years, Mark’s Automotive will be closing the doors for good the week of April 13, 2015. Mark Johnson, owner and operator of Mark’s Automotive has decided to retire and “enjoy life a bit”.
Mark admits he’s a little nervous about retirement, and it will be strange not to be heading to his garage to open up in the mornings, but he’s finding plenty to keep himself busy, including putting together a 1948 Harley motorcycle. Mark will also be taking a motorcycle trip out to Sturgis, North Dakota, in August with some friends. From there they’ll take “the long way home” including a few stops like Arizona.
It was always a dream for Johnson to own his own automotive repair business. He learned to be a mechanic growing up on the family farm and when he got older he worked as a mechanic for Johnson’s Service Station. Deciding it was time to venture out on his own, Mark sold everything he owned and with a little help from his parents (and he’s proud to say he paid back every penny) Mark’s Automotive opened the doors in August 1991. Mark says times have changed a lot since then and he feels it’s time to get out of the business.
The for-sale signs went up a few weeks ago and the auction date for the garage’s contents has been set for May 2nd. Mark wants to thank every one of his customers for their many years of business.