ABRA buys Stillwater Schoonover shop

Gazette photo by Erik Sandin
The Stillwater ABRA Auto Body and Glass shop opened Monday at the former Schoonover Bodyworks and Glass Curve Crest Boulevard location. A Schoonover official cited Stillwater’s competitive market for the company’s decision to sell its local shop and equipment to ABRA.


ABRA Auto Body and Glass moved into the former Schoonover Bodyworks and Glass Stillwater location on Curve Crest Boulevard.

“We actually sold our business to them,” said Schoonover owner, Mike Schoonover. “We decided that since they were looking for a location, this was the best strategic move for us.”

ABRA President and CEO Duane Rouse announced his company’s purchase of the Stillwater Schoonover operation Friday. ABRA signs were installed over the weekend at the Curve Crest Boulevard location and ABRA’s former 60th Street shop was closed.

Schoonover continues to operate out of its Shoreview office.

“It was a late night on Friday moving everything out, but the good news is that they purchased our building and equipment,” Schoonover said. “All the employees are remaining with ABRA and they are adding their own staff as well, so our Stillwater customers will continue to get the same great service from my staff. I’m pleased they have a place to stay and we felt it [the sale] was a good move for everyone in the long run.”

Schoonover said the company sold their Stillwater shop due to an extremely competitive Stillwater market. Schoonover added that his company will use the opportunity for future growth in a different market.

In a press release Rouse said: “Schoonover’s has a rich history of bodywork and glass in the Stillwater area. We are extremely pleased to continue the legacy the family has built over three generations. Not only does this acquisition align with our growth strategy, it reinforces ABRA’s commitment to serve our customers and business partners with a state-of-the-art repair center in the area.”