Iconic Brownwood site transformed

Kevin Holamon kevin.holamonbrownwoodbulletin.com
Demolition of the structures at 300 E. Commerce is well underway, in preparation for new construction of a United Supermarkets store.

The building at 300 E. Commerce that has known only two occupants in its 52 years will soon be only a memory. 

Built in 1962 by Wilton Holley, the building housed Holley Chevrolet and Holley Auto Group for the last 45 years. It was briefly home to Bruner Auto Group, who leased the property from the Holley family in 2007, before moving to their current location in Early.

Wilton Holley had resumed the operation of the Chevrolet dealership his father, John Robert Holley, had started. The Holley family celebrated its 90th year in the automobile industry, the summer before the sale to Bruner.

Local contractor, SOK Construction, is deconstructing the building, rivet by rivet and bolt by bolt. According to a member of their crew, it has been acquired by Tim Thornhill and will be re-erected at another site for use as a diesel repair facility.

During the deconstruction of an add-on to the rear of the old Holley Body Shop, the crew saw the name "Bill Kincheloe" written on one of the beams. What makes this find so unique is that SOK is an acronym for "Sons of Kincheloe," named for father, Bill, who had constructed the add-on.

Vacant for a time, the site was chosen and purchased by United Supermarkets, LLC in April. The demolition is in preparation for the construction of a new supermarket, with completion expected around July, 2015.