BURRILLVILLE – After 34 years in business, the owner of Western Hill Auto Sales & Services has announced that the business will have its last day of operations on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Allan Hopkins, a Pascoag resident and the longtime owner of the Broncos Highway business, said he is retiring.
“It has been a pleasure servicing your vehicles and building relationships with all of you,” said Hopkins in a note to customers. “I want to share my gratitude for the many years of your loyalty and support; you will all be missed.”
The owner also thanked his employees, noting that there is still time for customers to come in for one last appointment and to say goodbye.
Hopkins tried to sell the property – including auto repair licenses and equipment – as a total package, listing the highly-visible 1.44 acre lot in March with the Sterns McGee Team for $750,000, and then lowering the price to $699,000 in June.
According to town property records, the garage was built in 1978 and Hopkins purchased the business from Eugene Laferrier with wife Joan Hopkins in 1994 for $95,000.
This week, Hopkins said he has found a buyer for the property, but the new owner will not be operating an auto repair or sales shop. The sale is currently pending.
So sad. Just was going to call for an appointment for my auto winterizing check. Al I will miss seeing you and talking with you. It has been a pleasure doing business with you . I wish you a very happy retirement. It’s about time.