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Savannah Stalwart: Kimball's Mobile Electronics

  • Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball's Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)
Location and hours.
 
Kimball’s Mobile Electronics is located at 2313 Abercorn St. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday.
 
Owner Mike Kimball answered questions for this series.
 
How long have been in business?
 
We have been open at our current location since 1977.
 
How many employees do you have?
 
Currently I have two employees. One of them has been with me for about 20 years and the other one for over seven years.
 
How would you describe your business?
 
We are a store that sells and installs all types electronics and accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs. Our specialty is really doing customcar stereo installation work so we can give our customers something that they can be proud of, said owner Mike Kimball.
 
How has your business changed over the years?
 
That is one thing that helps set us apart from many other businesses is my guys really care about what they do every day. We are afamily-owned business that my father, Terry Kimball started back in the late ’60s. He actually started out doing TV repair and over theyears started selling eight-track car radios and speakers. I still have customers that come in today that remember buying systems fromhim in the early ’70s. I started working for him in the early ’70s, and I purchased the business from him and took it over in 1991.
 
What has been your biggest challenge and how have you overcome it?
 
The biggest change over the years is the car companies trying to make it more difficult to add aftermarket equipment in newervehicles. That is where we have to stay up to date with the latest products that enable us to upgrade their radios, speakers and otherequipment.
 
What aspect of the business are you most proud of?
 
I am most proud of my customer loyalty. I have so many customers that say they would never go anywhere else. Being able to build arelationship with our customers is very important to me and my staff.
 
Stalwart is defined as “marked by outstanding strength and vigor; loyal, hardworking and reliable.” What is it about yourbusiness that makes it a Savannah stalwart?
 
I think that we can be considered a stalwart Savannah business because we will work hard and do whatever it takes to satisfy ourcustomers.
 
What do you hope for the future of our business?
 
In the future, I believe sale and installation of driver aids such as backup cameras, lane departure warning and blind spot assistproducts will become a much larger part of our business.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE SERIES
 
As 2016 comes to a close, the Savannah Morning News, Business in Savannah and savannahnow.com have selected several longtime Savannah companies and organizations that have contributed tremendously, many of them for decades, in the local business environment.
 
The Business in Savannah staff chose the honorees from a list of nominees submitted by local business and community members, utilizing broad criteria — from growth and success to community involvement.
 
Tuesday: Kirschner Furs
 
Wednesday: NLaws Produce
 
Thursday: Bernard Williams &Co.
 
Today: Kimball's Mobile Electronics 

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