Jim Lister and his family are going to sell Lister Rents and their small-engine shop.
But don’t worry, the family says, they’ll continue to run their mini storage unit and transport businesses at 48409 Victoria Lane in Oakhurst.
Plus, the buyer is a longtime family friend who’s been under their employ for years.
“We’re ecstatic,” Lister said. “I think it’s great for the community and it’s great for me because I’ve gotten what I wanted out of it. Plus, I know it’s a guy who will take good care of the business.”
Lister, who bought Gateway Rentals in 1996 and changed the name, said the decision to sell was to help free up time from a six, or seven-day work schedule.
“We’re getting up in age and we decided we need to have a bit simpler of a life,” Lister said of he and his wife Lisa. “It gets tiring with two labor-intensive businesses.
“It’s basically not going to change,” he added, noting the new owner plans on updating some of the equipment for rent. “(He’s) planning on running it the same way I have for 19 years. He’s got a good general idea of how everything works.”
The new owner’s name won’t be given until the sell goes through in coming months, Lister said.
Lister and his family, who run the businesses, noted Jim may have more time to spend on his home renovations.
“I do a lot of different things,” Lister said. “I work with wood, and metal...”
“He’s remodeling the house,” Kelly Lister, his daughter, interrupted with a smile. “There’s lots of projects for him at home.”
Lister Rents provides rentals on equipment for a wide variety of home construction projects and for contractor work, while their other companies provide storage and equipment transportation.
Details: (559) 683-4427.