Weber closing, Brockland breaks ground

Work has begun on a new Bob Brockland Buick-GMC dealership across from TopShooters Sports Bar along Old State Route 3 in Columbia. Tentative plans call for the auto dealership to be open by next summer. Earlier this year, the city of Columbia and Columbia school district approved a tax rebate plan for Brockland to move from its current location off I-255 in Cahokia. (Corey Saathoff photo)

After 10 years of ownership, George Weber Chevrolet said this week it will soon close its Waterloo dealership and consolidate local operations into the recently renovated Columbia location.

Some of the 22 employees at the Waterloo dealership, located off Route 3 at the north end of town, will be transferred within the company, Weber said.

The building itself won’t be vacant for very long. Quality Collision plans to open a new location there by February 2014.

“We plan on opening another shop just like Columbia,” Quality Collision owner Chris Kalbfleisch told the Republic-Times. “We will mostly do auto body, but (will) also have a full service mechanical repair shop as well as 24-hour towing.”

In other Waterloo business news…

The commercial property located at 835 North Market Street in Waterloo was sold at auction on Wednesday, and plans are for it to become a locally owned restaurant in the near future. The last business to be located there was Celebration Station. Prior to that, it had been used as a daycare center, church and restaurant.

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