The Bristol Press – J’s Auto Sales & Repair opens new location in Bristol


BRISTOL – City leaders celebrated the opening of J’s Auto Sales & Repair on Thursday with owner and Bristol native Jesus Ruiz, who promises to earn the trust of the community “one car at a time”.

Ruiz, a Bristol native and graduate of EC Goodwin Technical High School, opened his first J’s Auto Sales & Repair location at 866 W. Main St., New Britain in 2016. This new location, in the former Meineke Building at 1114 Farmington Ave., is twice the size at 5,000 square feet.

Several family members, along with city and House leaders, celebrated the inauguration by cutting the ribbon.

“We opened on March 30 and everything is going well,” he said. “Bristol is my hometown so I wanted to open my next location in the same area. We had outgrown our location in New Britain.

Ruiz says he thinks J’s Auto Sales & Repair has succeeded because “we treat everyone like family.”

“We try to help everyone and we take pride in our work,” he said.

Ruiz said his experience working on cars at EC Goodwin inspired him to start his own company. After working for other companies, he decided to open his own freelance business to provide a more personalized experience.

“I love building relationships with customers,” he said.

Minerva Ruiz, wife of Jesus Ruiz and Vice President of Sales, said she is very proud of her husband and what they have accomplished together.

“The sky’s the limit,” she said.

Going forward, Ruiz said, he wants to be more involved in the Bristol community by supporting schools and local charities in need. He added that he aimed to hire students from local technical schools.

Justin Malley, the city’s director of economic development, said J’s Auto Sales & Repair is in a “highly visible” location.

“He’s a local guy who’s committed to learning a trade and has now opened his own business as an entrepreneur,” he said.

Dawn Nielsen, the city’s marketing and public relations specialist, added that it was great to have the space filled and a Bristol native to take over.

Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, praised Ruiz and said J’s Auto Sales & Repair looked “wonderful.”

“It’s a real example of the importance of education in the trades,” she says.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Olsen said J’s Auto Sales & Repair seems like a nice place to come to get a car repaired or buy one.

“The more small businesses, the better for Bristol,” she said. “I wish them good luck.”

Mayor Jeff Caggiano said he was a street vendor and frequently had his car serviced at the Meineke in the past at this location. He said he can’t wait to come to J’s Auto Sales & Repair now.

“It’s always good to fill the place with, not just another auto shop, but one owned by a local guy,” he said.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, April 28, 2022 3:19 PM. Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2022 3:21 p.m.

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