A&J Collision Repair celebrates 20 years

A&J Collision Repair celebrated its 20th anniversary with a car smash, Kona Ice, barbecue, Y107 and fellowship Tuesday. Funds raised or donated for the celebration were donated to Soul Food Cafe.

A&J Collision Repair, a full-service auto body repair shop, celebrated its 20th anniversary Tuesday.

 

Owner Jody Gatchell said Tuesday’s celebration was because of the customers.

“We’re very fortunate and I’m very thankful for all the customers in Faulkner County,” he said. “We want to make sure that not only our customers’s cars are taken care of, but the customers are taken care of, as well.”

Gatchell said the A&J Collision Repair would not be where it is without customers.

“In any business, the one thing you take away from the business is the customer — without them, you don’t have a business,” he said.

Within the past six years, the repair shop has doubled its shop size from 9,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet when it moved from its location at North Creek Drive to its current location at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive.

As part of its celebration, A&J had a car customers could hit and donate money to Soul Food Cafe.

“If you are frustrated with your car, you can come on over and get a few hits,” Gatchell said. “It will be $5 for six hits. That money goes to Soul Food Café.”

The repair shop has also started its annual “Hit a Deer, Get a Turkey” campaign, which also raises funds and turkeys for Soul Food Cafe.

“We’ve got a thing, hit a deer, and get a turkey,” he said. “It’s something we have done the last three or four years. I talk with Rick Harvey, and donate the turkeys the last Tuesday before Christmas, so people can get a turkey.”

 

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