Dan's Automotive acquires Smitty's Auto Repair in Bellingham

Smitty’s Auto Repair in Bellingham’s Roosevelt Neighborhood has new owners.

Larry Keen, who bought the shop in 1996, has decided to retire along with his longtime employee, Mike McKernan, who was co-owner of Smitty’s from 1984 up until Keen took over.

Smitty’s, located at 2205 Woburn St., will now be operated by Dan and Elizabeth Thorndike, who own Dan’s Automotive, also in Bellingham. The shop will do business under the Dan’s Automotive name.

Along with the new acquisition, the Thorndikes plan to eventually move their entire business to the Smitty’s location. Dan’s Automotive, which is located in the Sunset Pond Business Park, has outgrown its original space, Dan Thorndike said.

With two more bays and triple the amount of parking, the Smitty’s shop will enable quicker turnarounds for customers needing service, he added.

Thorndike noted the strong reputation Keen and McKernan had built with their customers over the past three decades.

“We’re humbled to be chosen to continue the legacy of service that Smitty’s Auto Repair has established for many years,” Dan Thorndike said, in a news release. “We’ll honor Larry Keen and Mike McKernan during our grand opening barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.”

Dan’s Automotive is online at www.dansautomotivebellingham.com.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: 

Correction: Monday, Sept. 13, 2013

The former Smitty’s Auto Repair is now operating under the Dan’s Automotive business name. This article has been updated to provide better clarification on that fact. The headline on this article has also been updated.   

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