Although the new owners took over the 37-year-old business on March 1, Howard said the Waddells will remain for awhile to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Pam Caruth, and her brothers Kevin and Cary Lund, are the co-owners of Fairway. Howard said the Waddells started an auto repair shop out of their home in Forest Lake in 1978. They were 22 years old. While Bill had always been interested in car repair and helped his dad Bob with his own repair business, Renee took care of the bookkeeping. The couple said they always worked well together and never came into serious conflict over work.
The business mostly relied on word-of-mouth to grow its customer base. Bill said he was always committed to good customer service and eventually the business was too large to be run out of their house. They set up shop at 24408 Greenway Ave. in 1987, where the shop remains today. Since then, the building has tripled in size and the number of employees has grown as well.
Bill said he has enjoyed working with repeat customers over the years, and has helped some families for three generations of car owners.
With two children and four grandchildren in Linstrom, the Waddells said they wanted to spend more time with their family and travel.
Howard said little change is expected at the shop. The name will remain the same and the managers and employees are all still working there. In addition, the business will offer the same services.