Friday, January 12, 2018
Yes, I know this picture doesn't show the number of years Sam Batrouni had been in business at Fifth & 24th, but suffice it to say it's been over forty. His auto-repair business got consistently good reviews from his loyal customers, and the occasional conversations I had with him were always delightful. The business closed at the end of last year. The property has been for sale since late 2016, and though it's still listed, I'm assuming a deal is in the works. The lot has M1-1D zoning, so there's the possibility of residential construction here. A good number of auto business corners round here have been snapped up by buyers for rental or condo development.
As the sign on the fence states, there'll be some continuity for customers, whatever happens to the lot:
Please be assured that you will still be receiving honest service next door at 745 5th Avenue from my current manager Mohammed, who will be running the business with George and Zuhair, also from Batrouni Service Station.
If you read the whole thing, you'll see what a gracious note of farewell this is - the proper way to do it. Best wishes to you Sir, a happy retirement, and I hope you land some good catches.