Written by The Business Journal Staff
Owner Nick Ferri said the new shop gives Alltech Automotive much needed space. Currently, the auto shop services 30 to 40 cars each day and has outgrown its 10,000 square-foot space. The new dealership-style facility will be 20,000 square-feet, allowing Alltech to serve its increasing customer base and hire two to three new mechanics.
Alltech currently has 15 total employees, four of whom are ASE master technicians.
The new location is only 1.5 miles from the existing shop, and Ferri said that is intentional.
“This community has been really good to us,” Ferri said. “I have customers who have been coming here since day one.”
Ferri said he started as a gas jockey at a service station in Sanger when he was just 16, and chose to open his own shop in Clovis 18 years ago because he loved the community. When he first opened in a building adjacent to the current Sunnyside location, he said he only had 2,500 square feet to work with and his first parts bill was only $500.
The business rapidly grew in both size and dollar figures, with average parts bills around $50,000 a month today. Ferri attributes this success to his passion for the work and support from the city.
“Cars are so important to people in their every day lives, and it’s almost like their world falls apart when their car is not running. You can ease their mind and repair it and fix problems that other people can’t fix,” Ferri said. “It is a gift to be able to do that and it is very rewarding to put a smile on people’s faces. It’s part of the Clovis way of life.”
A groundbreaking for the new site was held Oct. 13 and construction officially began this week. Ferri said the new Alltech Automotive facility should be completed by January.