MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- A local auto shop that has had to move three times this past year because of the Route 173 expansion project is now back open and celebrating.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday for the brand new Carz R' Us Auto Shop in Machenesey Park. The company has been around for four years and its new location on 10208 Smythe Avenue is right across the street from its former home, but double the size. The 6,000 square foot facility has ten bays which means workers will be able to provide faster service for customers. Owner Matt Aukes says they are happy to be back open and they look forward to the future.
"Obviously because of the development of the road is huge because we now have four lanes now in front of us and the traffic count is going to go up. We are in a great development area and we feel like we fit in very well, if a big business comes in we are only going to grow if that happens," Aukes said.
Aukes tell us so far they have had to hire two full time workers because of the move and they expect to have more job openings in the future.