Hayes Motor Co. was started in 1938 by Dick Hayes. His son Ed joined the company during 1956 and passed it on to his daughter, Susan, and son, J.R., who have managed the company since Ed retired in 1993.
Located most recently at 24 S. Walnut St., the company sold used cars. The company’s inventory has now been consigned to Adesa, a dealer–only wholesale outlet.
J.R. Hayes said he plans to resume selling cars at the iconic company after “cleaning the lot and doing some painting and paving.”
“My sister is retiring and moving to Mexico,” he said, “and she wants to take out her share of the business,” which is what prompted the restructuring.