Maryland Small Business / Success Stories
Family-owned auto repair shop expanding in Salisbury
By Karen Glenn Hood /
February 10, 2016

County Line Auto Repairs, a family-owned auto repair business located in Salisbury, is constructing a new shop and office space to better meet consumer demand. The company was founded in 2005 by James and Alisha Matthews and specializes in automotive repairs and maintenance work.

As part of the project, County Line Auto Repairs will construct two new buildings totaling 2,500 square feet. The shop portion will have the capacity for eight cars with four car lifts and an additional four non-lift workspaces. In addition to the buildings, new lighting and signage will be installed.

"For small businesses like ours, finding capital to help us grow was a problem. We are thankful that Commerce has loan programs for businesses of all sizes and different industries," said Alisha Matthews. "This small business loan will enable us to expand our facility, provide service to many more customers, and hire new employees."

To assist with the expansion, the Maryland Department of Commerce approved a $110,000 loan through the Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund (MEAF). With the improvements, County Line Auto Repairs is expecting to see sales growth due to increased business capacity and visibility, resulting in a potential addition of three jobs over the next two years.

"Commerce is pleased to assist this family-owned business with its expansion, which will help attract new customers and drive sales," said Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. "Being able to work with businesses, large and small, and help them grow to the next level is one of the most important roles our Department can play."

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