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Meineke Car Care closes in Fargo, franchisee blames lack of staffing

“Without qualified technicians and a 30% increase in wages, I decided to close our doors rather than risk the possibility that we couldn't continue the level of service and reasonable pricing we've become known for over the past 17 years," franchisee Henry Holtgard wrote in a news release.

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Meineke Car Care, seen Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 3501 13th Ave. S., Fargo, has closed.
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FARGO — Meineke Car Care, located at 3501 13th Ave. S. in Fargo near Sickie’s Garage, has closed.

Meineke franchisee Henry Holtgard announced the closure via news release Wednesday, April 13. Holtgard blamed a lease increase and staffing shortages as the driving forces behind for the closure.

“We then survived (the) COVID-19 lockdown with a substantial lease increase during the middle of COVID, just to come out the other side with no employees to be found,” Holtgard wrote. “Without qualified technicians and a 30% increase in wages, I decided to close our doors rather than risk the possibility that we couldn't continue the level of service and reasonable pricing we've become known for over the past 17 years.”

Holtgard gained a reputation as a franchising fanatic in recent years. According to a 2017 Forum article , he purchased Computer Renaissance in 2001, turning it into one of the brand’s top-selling stores by the time he sold it in 2004. Additionally, he opened a Budget Blinds in 2003, Meineke in 2005 and Cartridge World in 2007.

According to the news release, Meineke’s remaining employees were all offered positions at one of Holtgard’s other businesses. All employees have taken those new positions.

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Holtgard wrote he was “saddened” to announce the closure, though he was thankful to the thousands of customers Meineke assisted over the years.

Readers can reach InForum reporter Thomas Evanella at tevanella@forumcomm.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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