Bizline: Mark’s PlacePublished 6:22pm Sunday, October 21, 2012
Name of business: Mark’s Place
Name of owner: Mark Kromer
Address of business: 2726 1/2 M-60, Niles
Date business opened: August 1995
How and why did you get into this line of work? High school auto shop and my dad
Describe your business: Auto, snowmobile, dirt bikes, ATVs — repairs, parts and services
What sets your business apart from similar ventures? My overhead is much lower than other shops, so I can charge whatever it takes to get the job. I am a one-man shop, so my customers are also my friends.
Who are your customers? People who want to be treated the old-fashioned way of doing business. They talk to me on the phone; I work on their cars; they deal with one person — the owner.
How does the future look? The auto repair business is tough. Look how many repair shops are in Niles. I’ve been here 18 years. I work with my customers on payment plans or even trade for work. No on does that anymore. I will beat any estimate, period.
Telephone number: (269) 683-7740
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment