Longtime family-owned Plymouth auto shop closes
For 84 years, Herb’s Servicecenter has been a landmark in Plymouth at the corner of County Roads 6 and 101. Now big changes are coming to that spot.

The family-owned business closed recently and the site was sold for redevelopment. This week the Plymouth City Council had praise for the long-time owner of Herb's Servicecenter, David Johnson.

"You will be missed," said Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik. "I've heard a lot of disappointment that Herb's has closed, it served our community very well, and we have to accept the change, there's not much we can do about it, but thank you for all of your service, and I wish you all the best in retirement."

Herb Johnson bought the site in 1933 for $300, and his son, David, told the Plymouth City Council he still has his father's original receipt for the land purchase.

David bought the business from his father in 1966 and his family has been running the gas station, car wash, and auto service center ever since. Now David is ready to retire and sold the site for redevelopment.

With a quiver in his voice, David Johnson thanked the council and the Plymouth community for 84 years of business.

"It's truly been a privilege and an honor to serve the community and the people in the community, which is a wonderful community to be in. I just want to thank you for much for the opportunity to do that. Thank you very much," said Johnson.

The commercial area will be redeveloped into a smaller CVS store, one that's less than 10,000 square feet. Construction at the site is expected to begin this spring.

The Plymouth City Council approved the redevelopment on a 5-to-2 vote this week. Those opposed to the CVS redevelopment felt it wasn't the best use of the site and raised concerns about the proximity of other nearby CVS stores in Plymouth and Wayzata.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

January 12, 2018


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