Gerber Collision buys Clifford’s Auto Body

cliffordsOne of Bremerton’s oldest auto body shops was just bought by a fast-growing chain.

Gerber Collision & Glass completed a $550,000 purchase of Clifford’s Auto Body, at 327 Montgomery Ave. on Friday, according to Chris Horn of Strategy Real Estate, who brokered the deal.

Clifford’s has been in business in Bremerton since 1933 and on Montgomery Avenue since 1956. Horn said owner Howard Froggatt will stay on as manager at Gerber during the transition and plans to open a smaller shop in another location.

The Bremerton shop is the 20th Washington location for Illinois-based Gerber.

“The Bremerton location complements our existing locations in the Seattle area and will allow us to serve new customers and our insurance partners in this western suburb,” Tim O’Day, president of Gerber parent company The Boyd Group, said in a news release.

The Boyd Group is the largest operator of non-franchised auto body shops in North America by number of locations.

Information on the Bremerton shop is available on the Gerber website.

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