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Bridgestone services to expand

Bridgestone Service Centre Benalla's new owners say they will provide greater services to the community.

KAITLIN THALS December 18, 2013 4:10am

Here to help: Bridgestone Service Centre Benalla has new owners. Pictured, assistant manager Daniel Jeffs.

Bridgestone Service Centre Benalla has new owners who guarantee greater services to the community than ever before.

For business directors Tony Sait and Kevin Saxton, the Benalla franchise is a new opportunity for their company, which also includes Solar City Tyres Bridgestone Shepparton and Bridgestone Service Centre Echuca.

They take over from previous Bridgestone Benalla owner and former Benalla and Mansfield Toyota dealer principal Travis Mullavey.

Benalla and Mansfield Toyota went into receivership in November and is still for sale.

Bridgestone Benalla, Shepparton and Echuca general business manager John Zappala said on Monday that the sale of Bridgestone Service Centre Benalla was finalised this month.

‘‘We want to ensure the Bridgestone brand is well represented in the Benalla area by having the right staff and right equipment,’’ Mr Zappala said.

‘‘And hopefully it will grow, we’re fortunate we’ve got this opportunity and we’re certainly going to make the most of it.’’

Shepparton-based Mr Zappala has been with the company for 14 years, and said the group was looking forward to building on the existing Benalla business.

‘‘We’re going to be bringing a lot more to the Benalla area, with trucks, roadside service, breakdowns and repairs,’’ Mr Zappala said.

They will also repair and replace car and four-wheel drive tyres, perform wheel alignments and repairs, and stock all the major brands.

‘‘Customers are our main focus, and we’ll travel as far as need be,’’ Mr Zappala said.

There are now three full-time employees working at Bridgestone Service Centre Benalla — store manager Jason Forbes, assistant manager Daniel Jeffs and tyre technician Dale Warner.

‘‘They’re all local guys; we pride ourselves in employing local staff with the right knowledge and experience who can meet any customer’s needs,’’ Mr Zappala said.

‘‘We’ve had a good response so far from the community, and I like to think we can grow on that and offer them good customer service.’’

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