LONG standing family business Car Part Recyclers in Epsom is being put on the market.
Owner and local businessman Lawrie Beacham has cited health reasons for putting the auto wreckers up for sale for the first time since it was established in 1974.
According to Mr Beacham, who moved to Queensland 17 years ago and runs a similar business there, it is simply too much to handle but he is sad to see it go.
“I am sad I can tell you that but I have to sell it for health reasons,” he said.
"It was our baby, our family business, and some of the staff have been with us for years.
“One of the guys there now has been with us since the day he left school.
“We were a part of the community and proud Bendigonians.
“Now we have a business in Queensland and it is growing immensely and it is hard to keep up.”
The staff at Car Part Recyclers are also sad to see the business put up for sale.
Darren Taylor, who has worked there for 30 years said it would be a shame to see it go.
“It would be good if someone kept it going but otherwise you have to move on I guess.
“We’ll just have to see what happens. Until then we’re carrying on as normal.”
The land, three-bedroom house and business are all included in the price tag with the Car Part Recyclers on the market for $1.4 million with Luke Goggin Real Estate.
“The property lends itself to being a pick a part yard which is where most of the growth is in the industry,” added Mr Beacham.
“There is certainly the room to do that.
"But the land value is not much different than for the whole thing so I would not be surprised if an investor bought it for that.
“It would be a shame, it has been a part of Bendigo for so long and we have hundreds and thousands of customers in our database from over the years.
"Certainly if someone wanted to continue with the business, they would find the staff very knowledgeable.
“The business is still profitable and is going along good.
"The right person could triple that.”