BEVERLY — After 58 years inside the community, Thamm’s Auto Repair, Inc. Beverly will close at the end of June.
The save at 1818 W. 99th St. Turned into opened in 1961 through Joe Thamm. Along with auto repairs, it bought gasoline till the mid-Eighties.
Joe Thamm died 21 years in the past. However, his sons David, fifty-nine, and Joe Jr., 66, stored the store going. Even at that time, they have been vintage hands — Joe Jr. Having begun working there in 1967 and David in 1974.
David Thamm stated the decision to close befell due to the fact the years of hard physical work have taken a toll in addition to the changing enterprise.
“The activity beats you up after awhile. The health practitioner instructed me awhile in the past to try to stop; however, I like running for myself. But it’s attending to the point where it’s more difficult and more difficult physically to keep doing this stuff,” David Thamm said.
He stated after 45 years of working at the shop, the belief that his run is set to come back to a stop has introduced mixed emotions.
“It’s exciting to try and do some thing new due to the fact I’ve been doing this for a protracted, long time, however alternatively; it’s been in my existence ever considering that I can do not forget, so it’s sort of sad, too. The emotions are all over.”
David Thamm brought that maximum of his customers are not most effective lengthy-time buyers; however, additionally pals. One Beverly resident who has been going to Thamm’s for the reason that Nineteen Sixties is Matt Taylor, who defined the brothers as exquisite men who are sincere.
“My wife and I commonly took our car to Thamm’s due to the fact we felt that we might want to consider them, specifically while my wife took our automobile to them. A few autos restore locations inside the community had a recognition of charging more and speak gibberish if the customer becomes a lady,” Taylor stated.
“If there was a hassle that they could not handle, they informed us that and recommended an area that they believed ought to manage it for a fair charge. Beverly goes to overlook the ones, brothers.”
Yelp is full of sparkling opinions, summed up using Adam H., who wrote, “They promote notable, sincere car restore. I can let you know those are likely two of the best honest mechanics in Chicago. They’ve never as soon as sold me some thing that I didn’t want or didn’t need. You won’t find any heavy sales strain right here, what you’ll locate is two honest, hard-operating gentlemen who realize just about the whole lot there is to understand approximately motors.”
David and Joe, who are the shop’s only personnel, both now live in south suburban Tinley Park. They scaled lower back their hours to six a.M.-1 p.M., Monday through Thursday. David said his 31-year-old son worked many summers at the shop developing up. However, he advised his son to go into something else.
“The industry has changed a lot. Cars are being constructed a lot higher than they were even twenty years in the past. Things like changing hoses in the course of preferred protection aren’t wanted. Transmission fluid isn’t even looked at until one hundred,000 miles. My son can do plenty that I can do automatically due to the fact he laboured there for a whole lot of summers, but I sort of pushed him into an extraordinary route,” David Thamm stated, adding that his son now works for a railroad.
Once the shop is closed, David stated his brother Joe would bed probably retire; however, he is considering doing something else.
“I’m going to take the summer time off and determine which course I’ll head. I’ll in all likelihood do something else.”
As for what becomes of the store, which is presently on the market, David became now not sure.
“It’s difficult to mention. It is installed for the shop, but it is difficult for an unbiased now to are available in and hold up with shopping all of the gadgets you need to maintain up with the more moderen motors. We also are steps away from the Metra prevent at 99th Street so a person may also find something else for it.”
As for the reaction of customers, David said many were stopping in and that it’s been a combined reaction.
“Some say they’re glad for us, a few say, ‘Oh no!’ ”
He brought that many appear to fear they’ll be misplaced without the Thames.
“We’ve had quite a few people stopping through for us to head over their car one remaining time due to the fact they don’t recognise what they are going to do after we are gone.”
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