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Potsdam auto dealer looking to bring cars to Hopkinton

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HOPKINTON - Jed Engels operates Jed’s Auto Repair in Potsdam and is now looking to expand business into the town of Hopkinton.

Mr. Engels approached town officials Monday night to share his proposal to sell used cars from property on Route 11B.

“I’m in the midst of buying property off of (Deborah) Rust. I’ve owned the business in Potsdam for the past 10 years - auto repair, used cars and whatnot and I was just looking to put a business (in Hopkinton,)” Mr. Engels said. “It would just be a small place to sell used cars and no junk cars, nothing like that, real presentable. I plan to start off small and build a bigger building next year and what not.”

Assessor and Code Enforcement Officer Allen Fukes said that after Mr. Engels received approval from the town board he essentially only has one more step in the process.

“There shouldn’t be any issues. I talked with Jed’s father today and their plan is to send to the state for permits so they can operate the used car lot and repair shop. Once he gets that, there shouldn’t be any issue at all,” Mr. Fukes said.

Mr. Engels noted that the property, located at 2011 state Highway 11B, is an eight acre lotand the existing trailer will be moved.

“I’m going to lose the trailer. I will keep the existing 30 by 30 garage. I’ll probably build right over where the trailer is. It’s a pretty big building, 60 by 40,” he said. “The only thing I can tell you is I’d like to keep it really clean. ... I’m going to be in Potsdam for a little bit longer, but I am looking towards the future - I like 11B,” he said.

“I will probably go for permits instantly and that’s about 30 or 60 days for closing on the property. So I’ll probably have signs up and what not. But as far as being full blown out there - probably end of summer, next spring. I’d like to be prepared just in case.”

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