By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Nader Hachem has been rehabbing a building on the west side of M-139, near the LeValley Chevrolet dealership in Benton Township.
Nearly a year after securing the location, Hachem said he intends to open Michael’s Auto Group at 2160 M-139 within the next month.
“I should have the mechanic side open by late May or early June,” he said. “I have my licenses ready. I have my mechanics ready. I have everything ready. Just have to finalize a few things.”
Hachem plans to open Michael’s Auto Group in different stages. Stage one will be the mechanic’s bay, stage two will be the sales portion of the business, with stage three reserved for towing and commercial. There’s no timeline on when the other stages will be ushered in, as Hachem said it depends on how business goes.
Hachem said there will be light mechanic work, brakes, suspension, alignment, oil changes plus other restorations. The sales portion would include used car sales, but Hachem said that would come later down the line.
The St. Joseph resident said he has been interested in automotive services since 2007. He came to Southwest Michigan in 2011 when he joined LECO Corp. as an electrical engineer.
Hachem said he discovered the site last May. The business was named after someone special to Hachem.
“My son is Michael. I decided to name the store after him,” he said. Hachem’s son is 21/2 years old. “He’s going to be working here for sure (laughs). People get confused and call me Michael all the time because they assume.”
Once the used car sales portion of his business is open, Hachem said there will be variations of cars to fit everyone’s budget.
“I understand I am in the middle of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. So, I’m going to have cars from low end to high end,” he said. “I won’t be financing in-house, but through banks. We are here to provide quality service based on trust and respect.”