A new wrench in the works

Mor­ri­son Mo­tors to suc­ceed Ma­caulay's Garage af­ter 70 years

The Victoria Standard - - Business / Economics - MONA AN­DER­SON

For nearly seventy years Ma­caulay’s Garage has stood at the cor­ner of Shore Road and Ross Street. A land­mark watch­ing silently as the tour buses roll by, folks strolling hand-in-hand in the evenings past its doors, while gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren laugh and dance their way from the Academy to the Vil­lage cen­tre at lunch break. Soon the sign above the door will change. Ma­caulay’s Garage will be no more. But rather than the end of an era, it is the be­gin­ning of a new one for the ven­er­a­ble old build­ing.

It was 1949 when the garage first opened, built by three broth­ers, Gor­don, Alex, and Danny Ma­caulay, each bring­ing their own spe­cial tal­ent; Gor­don, the con­sum­mate sales­man, Danny, the me­chan­i­cal guru, and Alex bring­ing years of ex­pe­ri­ence from the truck­ing busi­ness. The three broth­ers were well-suited for what would be­come a multi-faceted com­pany, with ser­vice bays, me­chan­ics, fu­elling sta­tion, and a full-ser­vice Ford deal­er­ship that lasted from 1950 to 1998. Ma­caulay’s Garage be­came one of the cor­ner stone’s of the auto ser­vice in­dus­try in Vic­to­ria County. In the 1960s and 70s there were five ser­vice sta­tions in the vil­lage, each tak­ing turns stay­ing open late so cus­tomers al­ways had a place to buy fuel and sup­plies.

As the years rolled on and the broth­ers grew older, the car busi­ness went through dramatic changes with com­put­ers, di­ag­nos­tic sta­tions and larger ser­vice cen­tres tak­ing a toll on the smaller com­pa­nies. The need for ser­vice sta­tions in Bad­deck dwin­dled and soon all that re­mained were Macrae’s Garage at one end of town and Ma­caulay’s at the other.

Peter Ma­caulay, son of Alex, was the Ser­vice Man­ager at the big garage for many years but with the chang­ing tide, he took over the Ul­tra­mar fran­chise on the high­way just west of Bad­deck. For the next eigh­teen years, he and wife Patti Sue ran the high­way ser­vice sta­tion and truck stop. Dar­ren Ma­caulay, also a long-time em­ployee of Ma­caulay’s Garage, went with Peter. From time to time, Jackie Ken­dall also worked in the cramped ser­vice bays out on the high­way. Peter’s loyal cus­tomers fol­lowed him and very quickly, the lit­tle store be­came a gath­er­ing place for good con­ver­sa­tion and to catch up on the news.

With­out Peter and Dar­ren, Ma­caulay’s Garage scaled down in size, but con­tin­ued to pro­vide great ser­vice. Af­ter the Ford deal­er­ship wing of the busi­ness closed, tires and parts be­came their main­stay. Even at ninety-five, “Old Gor­don” made his way down to the garage ev­ery day. His son Gor­don, along with Phillip Macrae, were the last to staff the place be­fore the lights dimmed for a few short months.

Then came Sandy Camp­bell, lo­cal busi­ness­man and owner of sev­eral prop­er­ties in the vil­lage. He made a suc­cess­ful bid to buy the old garage in a deal struck with his broth­erin-law, Peter Ma­caulay. Peter and Patti Sue left the Ul­tra­mar and moved their busi­ness back to town. The re­fur­bished garage has flour­ished un­der their man­age­ment. The Ul­tra­mar that had once been the hub of ac­tiv­ity was qui­etly torn down last fall.

Last Fall, Peter and Patti Sue knew it was time to se­ri­ously start plan­ning their suc­ces­sion. For­tu­nately, Mark Mor­ri­son, son of Ken­ton and Barb Mor­ri­son, was in­ter­ested in set­tling his fam­ily here and made a suc­cess­ful bid to buy the busi­ness. In the com­ing weeks, the Ma­caulay name will finally be re­tired from the front of the garage. In its place, ‘Mor­ri­son Mo­tors’ will mark the be­gin­ning of a new era of ser­vice in Bad­deck.

Mark, still a young man, has spent a good part of his work­ing life as Chief Mate on a drilling ship in over forty coun­tries around the world. Though the money was good, he says he is worn out from trav­el­ling and misses be­ing home with his fam­ily. In his younger days, he worked in the car busi­ness and is look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to that.

Mark says he’ll strive to con­tinue the same level of ser­vice that peo­ple have grown ac­cus­tomed to. Ex­pan­sion plans in­clude a de­tail­ing shop and the sale of used cars.

Like Patti Sue be­fore her, Mark’s wife Lorna will join him in run­ning the new busi­ness. Mark has a rev­er­ent out­look on tak­ing over the old garage that is teem­ing with his­tory. He is hum­bled by the re­spon­si­bil­ity of tak­ing on a kind of stew­ard­ship and be­lieves that it is im­por­tant for younger gen­er­a­tions to give back to the com­mu­nity in which they were raised. En­thu­si­as­tic to be home, his ir­re­press­ible en­ergy will be­come the hall­mark of the new Shore Road busi­ness. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mark & Lorna and best of luck in your new ad­ven­ture. Great thanks to Peter & Patti Ma­caulay for all of their years of great ser­vice to this com­mu­nity, and to all of the Ma­caulay fam­ily who have given so much to the Vil­lage of Bad­deck over the years.

Peter Ma­caulay (left), stops briefly for the cam­era at his Shore Road garage while wife and busi­ness part­ner Patti Sue Ma­caulay (right) is seen work­ing be­hind the ser­vice desk next door. The two will be hand­ing over the keys to new owen­ers Mark and Lorna Mor­ri­son at the end of May. Pho­tos by Andrew Brooks / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard

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