WESTMINSTER — Auto dealer Len Stoler has moved one of two dealerships he owns in the city to Baltimore County and moved a second business to the more visible site on Route 140.
Len Stoler Nissan on Route 140 was movedto a larger facility in Owings Mills last week, taking with it about14 county jobs.
Stoler said he will hire more help to work the new car sales and service dealership at 11275 Reisterstown Road, where he operates a firm selling Audi, Chrysler-Plymouth, Porsche and Yugo.
The Nissan dealership opened about 18 months ago when Stoler bought out Brown's Nissan.
Stoler also owns Westminster Jeep-Eagle on Sullivan Road, which was moved to the Route 140 location for better visibility and a better facility.
Stoler owns the Route 140 property, but was leasing the facility on Sullivan Road, he said.
Stoler will be notifying his Carroll customers of the move by telephone. His son, Barry Stoler, manages the Carroll businesses.
MARADA NEEDS VACATIONERS
Marada Industries Inc. is asking employees to sign up for voluntary layoffs while the General Motors minivan plant workers in Baltimore remain out on strike.
Suzanne Dyer-Gear, human resources manager, said as many as
15 workers could be affected beginning this week, unless the strike by 3,200 members of the United Auto Workers would end.
Marada manufactures the undercarriages for the minivans made at the Broening Highway plant, Marada's largest customer.
Layoffs will not be granted to all those requesting them if they are still needed, despite the strike, Dyer-Gear said. Company policy is to provide work for those employees wishing to work, she added.
Employees are taking on other duties until GM work resumes.
BOARD APPROVES STORE
The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a conditional use for an antique shop at the site of Dewco Homes Inc., 1804 Hanover Pike.
The request was for a variance to allow the Local Business District zoning in a Restricted Industrial District. Findings in determining the board's decisionincluded the fact that the building involved predates the adoption of zoning in the county.
From 1975 to 1985, part of the first floorof the building was used for retail sales and the upper level as an apartment.
The owner has proposed establishing an antique shop on part of the lower level and operating it by an employee of Dewco Homes. No structural alteration of the building or parking changes would be necessary for the shop.
The board also found no evi
dence ofthe shop unduly affecting adjacent properties.
TRAVEL AGENCY OPENING
The Independent Travel Agencies of America Association announces the opening of the new Voyages 'n Adventures Travel Agency, a full-service company licensed to operate by ITAA.
The new firm offers a home-based travel service, joining more than 2,000 such agencies throughout the nation.
The operators of Voyages 'nAdventures, 789 Irongate Circle, have been certified by ITAA after undergoing a program geared toward owners of independent agencies.
Last year, ITAA affiliates had combined travel bookings of more than $125 million.
COMPUTER STORE OPENS
Paladin Microcomputer Systems Inc., which has been providing computer support to Carroll County businesses for two years, has opened a facility in the Finksburg Plaza.
Paladin also will offer professional training at its Finksburg location. Training ranges from basic computer literacy courses to advanced training on the most popular software packages. Customized training can be arranged.
Information: 833-0033, 861-8686 or FAX 861-8511.