Scotts continue dream by opening North Union RepairPublished 11:09am Monday, June 24, 2013
A new shop has become a dream come true once again for one Fergus Falls mechanic and his family.
Chris Scott was with his kids when he heard the news several years ago that his shop had caught fire, destroying the business he had built. Having his young family near him that day gave him perspective, Scott said.
“It didn’t take long to realize that it was just stuff,” Scott said. “It was an eye-opener: It’s better to use stuff and love people than to love stuff and use people.”
Owning his own shop had been his dream since he was 15 years old. It also helped provided for his family, his wife, Julie, and their now five kids.
After help from the community and a few years of working in a company shop, Scott knew that he and his family would be fine. But as he continued to work, his dream stayed with him.
“I don’t want to make someone else’s dream a reality,” Scott said. “I enjoy what I do, and they say if you enjoy what you do you never have to work a day in your life.”
Scott and his wife stayed on the lookout for a possible location for a shop. After the old gas and service station on Union Avenue opened up, the two inquired into what it would take to move in. They opened North Union Repair in May, a family-owned and operated shop servicing small engines and automobiles.
The Scott family relishes what makes their own shop so special. Their young children come around to see dad at work and even buzz around on a go-cart now and then.
“This is Chris’s dream,” Scott’s wife, Julie, said. “We’re blessed for this, we really are.”
Scott said he prides himself in his customer service and offers a helping hand to those with car and engine problems. Creating an environment customers feel safe enough to bring their vehicles back to is most important. Julie said Scott’s willingness to help others is one of his most valuable attributes.
But its his second chance at a dream that keeps him driven everyday.
“You don’t want to take anything for granted, because you just never know. I always just kind of run on blind faith — this is a lot of hard work to go for it,” Scott said. “But it’s kind of pushed me to do a little more and try harder. If you’re thinking about doing something in life, don’t think. Don’t wait, do it.”
North Union Repair is open from 8 a.m. to around 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Customers can call for an appointment anytime.