WOODSTOCK EQUIPMENT

Michael Kibler, co-owner of Woodstock Equipment Company, stands in front of the former Leckner Chevrolet building north of Woodstock on Friday. The building will be the new home for the company’s Kubota and Bobcat dealerships.

WOODSTOCK – The owners of the Woodstock Equipment Company have purchased the former Grubbs property on Old Valley Pike.

Michael Kibler, co-owner of Woodstock Equipment Company, and his father Ray finalized on Thursday the purchase of the 16,000-square-foot building and 6 acres of land that last housed Leckner Chevrolet. The site was better known to locals as Grubbs Chevrolet.

“We are currently making changes to make it more suitable,” Michael Kibler said, adding that he anticipates being in the new location by spring, with an aggressive goal of March.

Michael Kibler said the new location at 21902 Old Valley Pike, which is larger than the current location at 22192 Old Valley Pike, should make operations more efficient.

Woodstock Equipment sells and services Kubota tractors, lawn and utility equipment as well as Bobcat Construction equipment. The company also sell parts.

The new site sits on land that is flat and easier to build on if expansion is needed in the future. There is a showroom to display some of the agriculture equipment inside, keeping customers out of the weather.

There is also more parking for customers and employees on a paved lot.

Michael Kibler declined to discuss the purchase amount.

Robert “Bobby” Grubbs, the owner of the former Grubbs Chevrolet, repurchased his property in November at 21902 Old Valley Pike for $200,000 at a public sale. The Grubbs Chevrolet dealership was sold to Carl Leckner and a group of investors in August 2017. Grubbs Chevrolet financed a portion of the purchase of the dealership for Leckner. Valley Heritage financed a portion of the purchase price of the real estate property for Leckner.

Leckner closed the dealership in August.

It is up to Michael Kibler’s father, aunts, and uncles to decide whether the family will sell or rent the property that Woodstock Equipment has called home since 1952.

“This is somber and bittersweet. We have been here so long. I am proud of the legacy that my grandfather, father, aunts, and uncles left behind. My goal is not just to sustain but to grow the business for future generations,” Michael Kibler said.

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