Tuning up at 73

Jon Ellerbroek owned a lawn mower repair shop 35 years ago. Now, at 73 years old, the former Grand Haven Township man has circled back into the business.
Kyle Moroney
Mar 29, 2012

 

Ellerbroek, a Norton Shores resident, opened up Full Circle, a lawn equipment sales and service business last week at 11910 U.S. 31 — the former 31 Auto Body shop next to the Stable Inn restaurant in Grand Haven Township.

“When I heard of Robbins Road Hardware going out of business, I said, ‘Geez, I’ll go back into that business,” Ellerbroek said. “I’ve made a complete full circle. I came back to where I began.”

Ellerbroek had owned a lawn mower repair shop in the Muskegon area for nearly three years. He sold it and purchased three roller-skating businesses — in Muskegon, Kentwood and Byron Center — which he owned for 30 years.

When he retired, Ellerbroek bought a condominium for him and his wife, Patsy, in Panama City, Fla., while still spending summers in their Grand Haven Township home. He also successfully began “flipping” condos in Panama City — but eventually stopped due to the economy, he said.

Ellerbroek purchased 4 acres along U.S. 31, including the former 31 Auto Body shop and used car lot in 2005. He continued to operate that business for nearly three years.

The property had set vacant since 2008, when the auto market began to dive. That’s when Ellerbroek put a “for sale” sign on the property.

“I tried selling the property, but there were no buyers,” he said.

That’s when Ellerbroek decided to make the former used car lot into a lawn mower repair shop.

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