Prime Auto in FL plans grand opening July 13-14

Prime Auto in Forest Lake will celebrate its grand opening on Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 with two full days of prizes, food and refreshments.

Dennis and Terry Hazel purchased the former Fred’s Tire business at 731 S. Lake St. on Feb. 1, 2012. After five months of running the business, the Hazels will celebrate this weekend. Events are slated 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 to 4 on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, Prime Auto will serve free burgers, hot dogs and beverages. Visitors are welcome to register for grand prize drawings and take home some free prizes (hats, bags, key chain and pen, magnet and pen and free oil changes). Prime Auto will award two lucky visitors free oil changes for a year. The final two grand prizes are $200 off a set of four tires and $200 off an Auto Start module.

Prime Auto is a new business venture for Dennis Hazel who spent 38 years in the corporate world as an electrical engineer. Not yet ready for retirement, he found the auto repair and tire business of interest and settled on Fred’s Tire as a good opportunity.

“I wanted to be my own boss,” he said. “Forest Lake is a fantastic community.”

Since taking the helm in February, Hazel retained the eight Fred’s Tire employees who worked the shop and the office. He has continued to build on their skills and improve service delivery. Delivering high quality work with value to the customer and at the right cost is the goal of Prime Auto, Hazel says.

Regular business hours at Prime Auto are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 6 on Friday and 7:30 to 4 on Saturday. For more information, call Prime Auto at 651-464-8410.