As Zionsville has grown and changed, one thing has changed little: Bentley Zionsville has anchored the block on First Street between Sycamore and Hawthorne streets since 1969. Though both the façade and the name have undergone some changes through the years, the business has been going strong at that location under the guidance of the Albers family for 44 years. However, Bentley Zionsville actually is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business this year, having been founded in 1963 in Indianapolis. "My dad used to work for a dealership in Indianapolis — It was a Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealership — in the late 50s, early 60s," explained Greg Albers, who now runs Bentley Zionsville with his brother, Mark. Hermann Albers began his career there as a technician, Greg said, and was quickly promoted to service manager. He retained that position until the dealership ceased operation in 1962. At that time, Hermann began servicing the cars of the former dealership's customers and, in May 1963, established an authorized Rolls-Royce and Bentley repair facility on 46th Street in Broad Ripple. As his reputation for quality service grew, in 1964 he moved the business to a larger building on 54th Street. Then, according to Greg, in 1968, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars announced they would discontinue factory authorized service centers and install a dealer franchise network. Hermann was offered the opportunity to be the Indianapolis-area franchise dealer. In need of more space and with limited funds, he eventually found a building in Zionsville that had housed a welding company. It needed extensive work, but Hermann believed with the completion of I-465 around Indianapolis, Zionsville would be an ideal location with easy access to Indianapolis. The building was transformed into Albers Rolls-Royce, and Hermann began doing business as Indiana's only Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealership. Greg joined his father at the dealership part time in 1976 and full time in 1981. Mark began part time in 1978 and went full time in 1984. Greg said Hermann wouldn't let his sons become vested in the business for eight years because it's such a responsibility and he wanted them to be sure of their commitment. "Mark and I worked with him about 20 years full time, and part time before that," Greg said, adding that Hermann eventually relinquished the day-to-day responsibilities to the brothers but continued to go to the office every day and manage it until his death — at work — in 2002. "It's where he would've wanted to pass away," Greg said. By 1988, Albers Rolls-Royce was named the largest dealer of genuine Rolls-Royce and Bentley parts in the world. The same year, the Albers family expanded the dealership, creating the area that now houses service and parts. Then, in 1999, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars was sold in an unusual and complicated way, and in 2003 the companies split. Due to space constraints and access to heritage parts, the Albers dropped the Rolls-Royce line and remained exclusively a Bentley franchise. Now Bentley Zionsville, the brothers added showroom space in 2005, creating the current façade. The business is three-pronged: They sell cars and provide service and parts. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- Salon aims to ease cancer-related hair loss Laura Yates didn't cry when her kids shaved her head, but she cried the week before when she got a drastic change in her hairstyle. Yates was diagnosed with breast cancer three days after Christmas last year and went through four rounds of chemotherapy in the spring. Now, she is cancer-free with a new hairstyle.
Four year old Tommy Schlueter watches his pumpkin float towards the pins Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, during the Lions Club Pumpkins and Hayrides event.
Something uniqua at Chica Boutiqua
Stephanie Roberts, of Zionsville, right, purchases some jewelry from Kittie Kubacki’s “Oh My! Jewelry” booth at Chica Boutiqua Saturday, Oct. 26.
CrossFit Zionsville owner Ali Ott gets his head shaved by Twisted Sisters hair stylist Amanda Ochoa.
Art center fundraising for passenger elevator
A century-old elevator will soon be out of commission unless the Sugar Creek Art Center can raise $75,000 to replace it.
Zionsville man gets ride of his life
Rising early on a Monday morning, Oct. 14, to stand in line for race tickets paid off for Mike Albert, of Zionsville, who was the first fan to buckle up for a ride with IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher in her two-seat race car.
Local doctor supports NASA's past and future
“NASA hasn’t gone away,” according to Dr. Scott Phillips of Zionsville, a surgeon with the Center for Ear Nose Throat and Allergy, who happens to have the ear of the space program.
Cooper Barron, 3, bites off more than he can chew Saturday morning, Oct. 5, during the Zionsville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast.
Mary Mulligan was crowned Zionsville homecoming queen during halftime of the Friday, Oct. 4, football game against the Fishers Tigers.
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