• Anna McLean

Vander Mill to be repurposed to serve Lakeside Auto by Spring 2021

Paul Vander Heide, owner of Vander Mill, the renowned West Michigan cider business, sold the Spring Lake location to next-door Andrew McLean of Lakeside Automotive. Vander Mill has been an extremely successful and popular cider mill in Spring Lake for twelve years, and locals will be sad to see it go.

Vander Heide says, “COVID was far from the catalyst and actually almost ruined the deal. We built that building in 2006 and have operated in it ever since with no intention to sell the facility. It was through the interest of Lakeside expanding its business over a year ago now that prompted our initial discussions. It took some time for us both to find an arrangement and a price that would be satisfying for both of us. Originally we were going to finalize the transaction during the spring of this year. COVID had brought enough uncertainty to the market that Lakeside was unsure if they would continue as planned. Fortunately we were able to put the deal back on the table this past Spring despite covid. We wanted to be sure we could operate one last fall season and are glad that was possible.”

In regards to the community, Vander Heide says, “We will miss our big red barn in Spring Lake, but sincerely appreciate the opportunity it provided for our family and yours to enjoy Michigan!”

Currently, according to MLive, “[Lakeside] plans an 80,000-square-foot expansion of the sales lot when the state transportation agency adds a center turn lane on M-104 next spring. The current site holds between 150 and 200 vehicles for sale. The expansion will provide capacity for up to 500 cars and trucks.”

Owner Andrew McLean says, “I want anyone reading this article about the purchase of Vander Mill to know that the growth of Lakeside is due to the hard work, determination, and loyalty of Lakeside’s 30+ employees. Without each and every one of them, our continued success and growth would not be possible.”

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