Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:39

Tatman Name Returns to IL Body Repair Shop After Years of Legal Battles

Written by Ben Zigterman, News-Gazette Media


So Tatman plans to change the shop's name to Tatman's CARSTAR, with signs up by Jan. 1.


Tatman said he chose to be a CARSTAR franchise "because it allows me to compete with the big consolidators but still own the shop." He said his shop is doing well.


"We've succeeded without the Tatman name to this point, further than I could ever imagine," he said. With the Tatman name, it's "just going to get better. In the spring, we're expanding and doubling the size of the shop."


Tatman said he's "proud and excited" to be able to use his name after his dad "worked so hard" to build its reputation.


"It's a good name in the collision world," Tatman said. "It's a big name."


His dad said he's pleased his son gets to use the family name, but understood where Service King was coming from.


"They weren't using it, but you’ve got to understand their position," Paul Tatman said. "The name is well-branded in this area."


Paul Tatman opened his first shop in 1959 after graduating the year before from Urbana High School and built it into a small chain before selling it.


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