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Novus quadruples its size with new facility

After 13 years of service on Bay Street, Novus Windshield Repair and Auto Glass has found a bigger home on Bethel Avenue, north of the roundabout.

The nearly 7,000-square-foot facility is a major upgrade from its previous 1,800-square-foot building on Bay Street.

Owner Don Larson said research to find a new site began as far back as 10 years ago but he only started seriously looking five years ago.

Larson, who also has Novus businesses in Silverdale and Sequim, said the move was necessary not so much for more space but to better serve customers.

“Accessibility and parking were improvements that were necessary,” Larson said. “It wasn’t so much the space, it’s just the building was too old and tired. We couldn’t do any remodeling.”

Larson said he’s already noticed a big difference in the first month at the new location.

“We’ve already seen our best month,” Larson said. “If it continues on its current pace, the business will double.”

While Larson said he is anticipating a 30 percent increase from the old site, he cautions it will take six to seven months before he can gauge his profit.

Besides windshield repair, Novus offers autoglass replacement, paint chip and scratch restoration and window tinting.

Eventually, Larson said the business will implement an auto paint restoration program.

This program enables customers to have damaged paint or small dents fixed without having to repaint the entire car.

The paint matching program also contains no harmful chemicals that are normally found in paint.

The services aren’t just relegated to automobiles, either.

Novus does work on buildings, as well.

Despite quadrupling in size, Larson said he has not needed to add more employees.

“We’ve not added more people, but the likelihood is that we will,” he said.

After years of searching, Larson said he thinks he chose the perfect location.

“I researched this area a lot and think we will fulfill our needs here,” he said.

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