(07/11/12) - A piece of Flint's automotive past is getting a makeover.
An auto supplier once occupied a 100,000 square foot building on James P. Cole Boulevard, near Leith. That's by the old Buick City site.
Now, an online auction company is taking over.
This nearly-new building in Flint is a huge upgrade for Repocast.com.
"In car terms, yeah, we've definitely went from a Pinto to a big Escalade," said Repocast.com assistant manager Andrew Hill.
The online auction company is relocating from smaller quarters in Ortonville.
"The whole entire warehouse was empty. There was, there was nothing in this warehouse," Hill said.
Hill and other employees are working overtime to get the warehouse and office areas ready for the grand opening. That's tentatively set for July 19.
Repocast.com works similar to eBay.
"The difference is we hold all merchandise, at one central facility," Hill said.
Some of that merchandise has been repossessed, but most comes from people who want to sell their own stuff.
"We'll sell things from signed baseball cards, to cars, trucks, excavators, bulldozers, airplanes, helicopter, yachts," Hill said.
Hill says residents will see more traffic in the area.
Online auctions are held every Thursday. That means people will dropping off items for sale or picking up things they bought.
He estimates 2,000 people will be in and out of the facility each week and that should benefit nearby businesses.
"From restaurants, grocery stores, hotels. We have people that are coming from Ohio [and] Canada," Hill said.
Repocast.com says expansion plans won't end with this move.
"In the next two years, we hope to have at least another 20 or 30 guys working for us."
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