The Recorder – Keene resident buys and renovates Montague garage

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MONTAGUE CENTER – After more than three decades of serving the community, Montague Garage auto repair shop owner Tony Martino has sold the business to Snap-On Tools car dealer and collector Greg Precourt.

Precourt, from Keene, New Hampshire, said at this week’s Montague Selectboard meeting that he intended to “keep basically the same business as Tony.” In addition to vehicle maintenance, Précourt is also preparing the Montague garage at 10 Station Street to function as a used car dealership, starting by selling four cars from his personal collection. Before that happens, however, Précourt is planning six to eight months of renovations.

Précourt said he had been a Subaru collector for eight years. Taking ownership of Montague Garage, he said, appealed to him because of the reasonably priced property, the small town feel of the “quaint little neighborhood” and the local demand for auto repair shops. .

“They can use a lot of help,” Precourt said of other local auto repairers he knows. “I know some of the guys over there who have been booked for months.”

On a personal level, Précourt is excited to bring some flair to the store, hoping to eventually add motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and other vehicles to its inventory.

“I plan to have specialty vehicles there in the future, not just your standard commuter cars,” said Precourt, who was granted a permit to display vehicles outside the store at the time of the show. Selectboard meeting this week.

Precourt is hesitant to disturb a city staple by taking ownership of Montague Garage as he tries to “keep the same mom and pop feeling as before.” He said he also had no plans to rename the company.

However, Precourt acknowledges that Montague Garage needs some attention. He had learned that the building was built around 1860 as a car repair shop before becoming, among other things, a Ford Model T repair shop.

“Tony has been there 36 years,” he said, “so it will probably take a bit of tweaking to reach modern standards.”

Contact Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.

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