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I can't imagine working that many hours... the guy deserves a medal...

that's dedication...

Below is a link to a true story about a shop owner who is retiring after 28 years, working 7 days a week. He is 64 years old. Read it and let me know what you think...

 

http://dailyrecordne...1cc4c03286.html

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Ken, sounds like a good dedicated man and probably a workaholic. As a business man he had no exit plan and never built something of value he could pass on. Hopefully he has some money squirreled away for retirement but probably not a lot since he is planning on continuing to work. I wish him success on the underground storage tank clean up. He is on a small lot and with the property having been a gas station 30 plus years there is a high likelihood that he will not only have soil contamination on his property but both soil and groundwater contamination off-site. When you have off-site contamination it can get real sticky. I hope Washington state has a UST cleanup fund he can participate in or that his insurance helps foot the cleanup. If not the cleanup can wipe him out and turn this property into one of those brownfield locations.

 

Those are all great points. I wonder if this guy has ANY plan for the future. With his phyical condition, it's hard to think he can continue like this.

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Below is a link to a true story about a shop owner who is retiring after 28 years, working 7 days a week. He is 64 years old. Read it and let me know what you think...

http://dailyrecordnews.com/news/article_af756d10-c5a2-11df-be2c-001cc4c03286.html


My business partner started our shop in 1972, thats 38 years ago. In that time, he built an empire and lost it all, and had to start all over again from scratch. It was nearing his 28th year, just like Ken Volland, that everything changed. It was the year he figured out how to finally run his shop profitably, and the year we started our huge leap in sales -- from under $1 million gross to $3.5 million gross three years later.

What I'm trying to say is, there's no reason to have to get out of the game after 28 years. It's one thing if guys like Ken Volland are ready to retire, but it certainly doesn't read that way. It seems like he's too tired of turning wrenches and has been hit too hard by the sour economy. How long would he keep going if he was managing remotely and making good money? It seems like he genuinely cares about his community and would go on if he wasn't there turning wrenches by himself.

Joe, you said tomorrow's shop owner may be different, but Terry (my business partner) isn't part of the next generation. He just didn't want to have to turn wrenches or struggle anymore so he decided to find a way to run his shop from home so he could spend more time with his grandchildren.

Ultimately, I'm trying to say that even if it's been a hard 28 years or working 7 days a week like Ken, it's still not too late to turn things around. You can spend time with your grandchildren, pursue your hobbies, AND run a successful shop at the same time. I've seen it happen in Terry's life.

-David

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