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After 40 years in business, Moorhead's JAQ's Garage closes

According to a Facebook post Thursday, April 14, the store closed upon the retirement of owner Jeff Quam.

JAQ'S Garage owner Jeff Quam is seen Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in his Moorhead business. Quam announced Thursday, April 14, he plans to retire and close the business. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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MOORHEAD — A northside stalwart, JAQ’S Garage, has closed.

Its last day was Thursday, April 14.

After 40 years in business, it was time to retire, owner Jeff Quam said Friday, April 15. After years of dealing with road salt and grime on a legion of vehicles, he said it's time to enjoy life and wet a fishing line.

"I’m just of that age and it’s just not fun anymore," Quam said.

He owns the building at 2320 2nd Ave. N. and is trying to sell it.


"It's premature to go into any future owners and stuff," he said. "The only thing for sure is I'm retiring. Hopefully, there will be something else coming up in here. But it's too early, you know, we don't have all that information yet."

Quam said fixing cars may have been the easiest part of starting JAQ's in 1982. Back then, he was much more of an introvert.

"It’s been a real exercise in my being more outgoing. So, I’ve been able to meet a lot of people," he said. "It was a hard thing for me to do to meet people everyday, sell myself."

But that's made him "a more well-rounded person now, because I’m more comfortable meeting people," he said.

In fact, not seeing his customers daily is something he'll miss.

"Greeting customers. … is kind of what I enjoyed most about this," Quam said.

That doesn't mean the Fargo resident won't enjoy retirement. He enjoys biking, Nordic skiing and playing in a veterans' band. And he's hooked on angling.

"I’m going to catch up on fishing, I’ve become kind of rusty on that. I’ll bone up on that" at Turtle Lake, Quam said. “I’ve got a lot of things to keep me busy and to keep me from growing old."


Helping people was a central part of his way of doing business. He liked being able to take the stress out of auto repairs for people.

“I kind of like that being a therapist for people and their cars. If I can make their day a little better in that small way, I’ve had a good day,” Quam said.

A Thursday evening Facebook post announced to the world that Quam had retired and the business was closed.

"It is bitter sweet to announce Jeff is officially RETIRING and JAQ's Garage will be closing it's (sic) doors right away. There's a rumor on the street that we'll be having a going away party... So stay tuned for details!," read the post.

"We are SO grateful for years and years of fantastic customers. THANK YOU for letting Jeff and his team take care of your vehicles over the years," it continued.

"We're not taking new appointments, but can answer questions about previous service," the message said. "We are grateful for your patronage and support throughout these years."

According to the JAQ'S Garage website , Jeff Quam established the business in 1982 at 2320 2nd Ave. N. after starting out doing repairs for friends and neighbors in his home garage.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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