The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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January 11, 2014

Auto dealer on the move

JOHNSTOWN — Five years ago, the Hollern family’s auto business was at a crossroads.

Like hundreds of other Dodge dealers across the nation, they received a letter from the parent company telling them their franchise was getting pulled.

“We were a dealer since 1943. We could’ve shut down,” said Brian Hollern. “But we’ve thrived.”

The family says their success as a used car dealer is what’s prompted Hollern & Sons Auto Sales’ move to 1530 Scalp Ave. this month – one that he said brings the business somewhat full-circle.

Their grandfather and father got into the car sales business at Scalp Avenue dealerships in the 1950s and ’60s – and 15 years later Keith and Brian joined them before their move to Windber in 1983, said Hollern, a co-owner alongside his brother Keith.

“We’ve grown to the point where we need a newer, more visible location,” Brian Hollern said of their new

dealership at the former Gap Pre-Owned site.

There, they’ve set up shop in a 4,000-square-foot building on a one-acre lot, which will offer late model cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Their Windber location on 17th Street will be offered for sale, the family said.

The business employs eight, including the Hollern brothers and six other full-time employees.

David Hurst covers Richland Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ tddavidhurst.

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