Keene resident buying, renovating Montague Garage

  • Montague Garage automotive repair shop owner Tony Martino has sold the business at 10 Station St. to Snap-On Tools dealer and car collector Greg Precourt. Staff Photo/Shelby Ashline

  • Montague Garage automotive repair shop owner Tony Martino has sold the business at 10 Station St. to Snap-On Tools dealer and car collector Greg Precourt. Staff Photo/Shelby Ashline

Staff Writer
Published: 12/17/2021 6:53:37 PM

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

Precourt, who is from Keene, N.H., said at this week’s Montague Selectboard meeting that he intends to “basically keep the same business running that Tony has.” In addition to servicing vehicles, Precourt is also preparing Montague Garage at 10 Station St. to function as a used car dealership, starting off by selling four cars from his personal collection. Before that can happen, though, Precourt anticipates six to eight months of renovations.

Precourt said he has been a Subaru collector for eight years. Taking ownership of Montague Garage, he said, appealed to him due to the property’s fair price, the small-town feel of the “quaint little area,” and a local demand for auto repair shops.

“They can use a lot of assistance,” Precourt said of other local auto repair workers he knows. “I know some of the guys down there that are booked out for months.”

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

“I intend to have some specialized vehicles there in the future, not just your standard commuter cars,” said Precourt, who was awarded a permit to display vehicles outside the shop during this week’s Selectboard meeting.

Precourt is hesitant to disturb a valued town staple by taking ownership of Montague Garage as he strives to “keep the same mom-and-pop feel that it had before.” He said he doesn’t intend to rename the business, either.

However, Precourt recognizes that Montague Garage needs some attention. He’d learned that the building was built around 1860 as a carriage repair shop before becoming a Ford Model T repair shop, among other things.

“Tony’s been there for 36 years,” he said, “so it’ll probably take a bit of brushing up to get to modern standards.”

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


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