SPOTLIGHT: EL SOBRANTE
BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
El Sobrante Town Garage
4012 San Pablo Dam Road
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Major Holidays
The February Business of the Month is El Sobrante Town Garage. The business is owned by Mark Croda. Mark bought and remodeled an existing body shop in El Sobrante in late 2006. By 2010 he purchased and remodeled 4 other shops next to his business, growing from 3 employees to 12.
Mark started as a journeyman technician at 18 and over the next several years worked in many area dealerships. In 1986 he opened a shop in Pleasanton where he also trained technicians. He started his mechanic shop in his El Sobrante home in 1992 and moved to one of his expansion shops in 2009. He selected El Sobrante because it was a semi-rural town near a major metropolitan area.
Mark describes the business as good automotive repairs at reasonable prices and convenience. He provides loaner cars if needed. They have a body shop, tire shop, paint shop, mechanic shop and do old car restoration work. They are the only AAA garage on the south (east) side of I-80 from El Cerrito to Crockett. They specialize in every type of auto repair but smog.
They have painted the exterior of the body shop building, added new signage and new exterior lighting. Mark plans to paint the remaining buildings. It looks great.
Congratulations, and thank you, Mark!