Bozeman shop Straightaway Motors has a new location, clearing the way for a building project off of Main Street.

The family-run auto repair shop opened in 1977 and has had a home on Mendenhall Street for 18 years. It was on Main Street before that. In the last few years, two new buildings were planted on either side of the shop.

Straightaway Motors moved July 1 to its new location at 2104 North 7th Ave., at the intersection with Griffin Drive.

The shop’s owner, Pete Colvin, 76, said the new location is about four times bigger than the previous building, and has new equipment. Straightaway was able to design and build from scratch.

“We’re loving it. It’s been a long time coming,” Colvin said.

Colvin in planning to have a grand-opening celebration sometime this summer.

Developer Andy Holloran has filed plans with the city to build a hotel at the Mendenhall site called the AC Hotel by Marriott. It’s a $30 million project that will sit next to the Element Hotel, another Holloran building. The plans are still under review.

“We’re still going through the city process, but our goal is to break ground this fall,” Holloran said.

The hotel would include 143 guest rooms and a terrace with an adjacent lounge on the sixth floor. It would require the demolition of the Straightaway shop, plus two older homes off of Mendenhall.

Straightaway was able to use the profits of selling the old shop to pay for its new building. Colvin is content with the new place and its state-of-the-art renovations and doesn’t miss having a shop downtown. He said the demographics in that area have changed.

“It’s just not really conducive to our kind of business,” Colvin said.