Is there a history to the founding of the company?
Mayk Handro (MH): We have been independent craftsmen in Forst for over 100 years. My father’s workshop was taken over by my brother, where I worked at the beginning. At the end of the 90s we decided to open our own independent workshop. We opened the first location on 1st April 1998 in the Frankfurter Straße.
What were the challenges in founding it?
Romy Handro (RH): Unfortunately, we were only able to stay at the old location for two years and then had to look for another property. We found it in the Rüdigerstraße, but it had to be rebuilt. Within 6 months we then built a new workshop, interior work, garage door, paving the yard – anything you can think of. But here too we were only tenants and in 2008 the search began all over again. So again, we drove around the town and looked at what properties are available.
MH: We finally found the old ARAL petrol station in Cottbuser Straße. The buildings were ideal for us, high and ample space. We then rebuilt a few things and today it is exactly the way we want it to be. We’re really happy to have dared it again.
RH: Negotiating the purchase agreement was very complicated, as we had constantly changing contact persons in this large entreprise. It takes nerve. In the end, everything worked out very well, everything was done to our satisfaction. We haven’t regretted even one day of having dared yet another try.