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Chamber welcomes PS Garage Doors, Rugby Auto Connection

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 5, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Chamber members helped business owners Josh Gruenberg and Cory Amyotte cut a ribbon at a welcoming ceremony on Nov. 28. From the left are Chamber board member Tricia Jundt, PS Garage Doors owner Gruenberg, Rugby Auto Connection owner Amyotte, Laurie Odden, Chamber executive director and Chamber board member Josh Mattson.

The Rugby Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new businesses to its membership rolls on Nov. 28.

PS Garage Doors and Rugby Auto Connection share a building at 1603 S. Main Ave., south of Rugby High School. Both businesses opened Oct. 20 to a steady stream of customers.

“We’ve been busy,” Rugby Auto Connection owner Cory Amyotte said. “We’ve gotten a wonderful response from the community, and hopefully, we can take care of all of their needs.”

Amyotte and Josh Gruenberg, who owns PS Garage Doors, are both Rugby High School graduates.

PS Garage Doors has locations in Grand Forks and Devils Lake in addition to its new Rugby shop.

“We do all garage doors,” Gruenberg said. “We do bi-fold garage doors; we do hangar doors for airplanes; we do residential doors; we do commercial farm doors; we do loading docks, you name it,” Gruenberg added.

“I graduated from Rugby High in 2000 and I have a lot of family and friends here, so I thought Rugby would be a nice little spot to add another location,” Gruenberg, who now lives in Grand Forks, said. “As we continue to grow the business, we’re moving out in a western direction, and south. The opportunity came, so I decided to start a business here.”

“I have a few managers in Grand Forks who help run all the locations with me,” he added. “I basically run this one because I come back often. My mom lives here, so I come back and visit all the time.”

Both Gruenberg and Amyotte reported brisk business since they opened their doors in October. “We were busy right away,” Gruenberg noted. “The first day was busy and we’ve been busy every day. We have not had a slow day.”

“Rugby Auto Connection is super busy,” Gruenberg said, adding Amyotte was looking to hire another person to help in his shop.

“I grew up in Rugby and graduated with the Rugby High Class of 1995,” Amyotte noted. “My wife is originally from here, class of 1994. She moved away and went to college. I stayed here until 1999, when we got married,” he added. “I’ve spent most of my life between here and Fargo.”

Amyotte said Rugby Auto Connection offers two levels of oil changes. “There are a of people who are in a rush, and they want the quick lube part of it, so I’m going to do a level one oil change, where you change the oil and filter. You’re in and out in no time. You don’t have to wait,” he said.

“Then, I’m going to do a level two oil change, which will be the works, where your car is checked from top to bottom – your fluids, your tires, your grease in the vehicles, windows and vacuuming. A lot of people want that. Level one obviously is a few dollars less than the level two. Some people may be used to a level two change – and some people do want a level one,” Amyotte noted.

“We do offer full mechanical services,” Amyotte added. “I have a technician – Clint McKay. He’s a master technician,” Amyotte said. “He’s pretty well-rounded. We’re going to do light duty to heavy-duty work. If someone wants a transmission, we can do a transmission. Someone wants a general tune-up, we can do a general tune-up,” Amyottee said. “Fluid exchanges, tires – a lot of tires and rims; accessories on vehicles; we put in windshields as well,” he added. “Hopefully in the future, we’re going to fix rock chips for the windshields.”

“We’re just going to slowly figure things out and grow the business as needed,” Amyotte added. “We want to do what the community wants done on their vehicles and do it as fast and efficiently as we can.”

The new businesses are located in the former location of Precision Lube and Windshield Doctor. Amyotte said customers of the former businesses “are definitely glad to see the doors back open. I’ve gotten some good response from the former owner, Randy Malo and his wife,” he added. I’ve gotten some of their customers. They’ve gotten used to this place.”

“There have been a lot of positive comments,” Amyotte said of his shop. “(Customers) like the cleanliness, and I like that. My goal is to keep things clean as long as I can be here. Things do wear out, but that is my goal.”

“But,” Amyotte added, “I’ve had a lot of positive feedback. A lot of people say it’s needed. I hope I can keep a good part of the clientele happy.”

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