Import Auto celebrates 50 years in business

Import Auto Service celebrated its 50th anniversary in business last week.

The Gallatin auto repair and parts shop, which is located at 929 Long Hollow Pike, marked the milestone with a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening Wednesday, May 1.

“I still enjoy it,” said owner Leon Brawner, who recently turned 84 and still works six days a week at the business. “If you’re doing something you like to do keep on doing it as long as you can.”

The Gallatin native and Army veteran first opened Import Auto on Lane Street in 1969 before later moving the business to its current location on Long Hollow Pike in 1974.

Throughout the years, customers have mainly come from across middle Tennessee and Kentucky, according to Brawner. The most common imports the business most frequently deals with include Volkswagens, Mercedes and BMWs.

“I’ve heard for years that this is such a great place to bring your imports and other vehicles,” Mayor Paige Brown said during the grand re-opening. “You have a great reputation here. Thank you for 50 years in Gallatin.”

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