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Valley Auto Service in Arroyo Grande closing after 55 years

Valley Auto Service in Arroyo Grande will close at the end of May after 55 years in business. It will be replaced by Mastertech Automotive.

The car repair business, located at 139 Traffic Way, was no longer profitable, said Valley Auto Service owner Sally Baldwin, prompting the decision to close and not sell the business.

Valley Auto Service was founded in 1959 by Robert “Bob” Baldwin — Sally Baldwin’s late husband — and his business partner Charlie Burington. Baldwin and Burington co-owned the business until Burington retired, then Baldwin took over as sole owner.

After Baldwin’s death in 2012, the company began downsizing and losing employees until only their son Randy Baldwin remained, Sally Baldwin said. After that, Randy and Sally Baldwin decided it was “not economically feasible to remain open,” she said.

“We want to thank our customers for their patronage all these years,” Sally Baldwin said. “We appreciate all of them.”

Baldwin declined to disclose annual revenue for Valley Auto Service, saying only that the business had not been profitable in several years.

The business will officially shut its doors May 30, and will be replaced by Mastertech Automotive in June, Baldwin said. Randy Baldwin will move over to the new company as an employee.

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