‘I love to sell cars’

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

News Staff For Romeo La­combe and his wife, Joanne, co-own­ers of Romeo’s Ser­vice Cen­tre and Auto Sales Inc. in Alexandria, fam­ily life and work life go well to­gether, a bit like cof­fee with cream.

The North Glen­garry res­i­dents have been work­ing to­gether for many years and love what they do, mak­ing their fam­ily busi­ness a suc­cess.

Romeo La­combe started the ser­vice sta­tion in Fas­sifern in 1999. The busi­ness then re­lo­cated to its cur­rent spot at 19 Lins­ley St. E. in Alexandria in 2002. Mr. La­combe added used car sales to the busi­ness about four years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. La­combe re­lated they en­joy com­bin­ing their tal­ents at work -- Mrs. La­combe as one of the ser­vice ad­vis­ers at the front desk and Mr. La­combe over­see­ing the ser­vice tech­ni­cians at work re­pair­ing ve­hi­cles in the back and con­sult­ing with clients.

“He makes sure the op­er­a­tion is run­ning smoothly on the floor,” added Mrs. La­combe.

“It’s my pas­sion,” added Mr. La­combe.

He started in the auto field in the 1970s ser­vic­ing ve­hi­cles for car deal­ers be­fore even­tu­ally get­ting his own busi­ness. “I’ve al­ways been in shop re­pair,” he re­lated.

Mr. La­combe later de­cided to open a used car sales op­er­a­tion at the same lo­ca­tion in ad­di­tion to his ser­vice cen­tre be­cause, “I love to sell cars.”

For Mrs. La­combe, help­ing customers gives her a lot of sat­is­fac­tion. “I love in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple,” she re­lated.

Be­fore she started work­ing with her hus­band at Romeo’s in 2001 she used to man­age an­other busi­ness. So when her hus­band’s shop started to grow and he needed more help she de­cided to join him on the job. And she has never looked back.

Mrs. La­combe was able to help with the pa­per-work and ad­min­is­tra­tive side of the busi­ness to share the re­spon­si­bil­ity of run­ning the shop.

To­day Mr. and Mrs. La­combe agree hav­ing a fam­ily-owned com­pany has made them es­pe­cially loyal to their busi­ness and their customers. “We love serv­ing our clients,” added Mrs. La­combe. When he fac­tors in all the years since he first started in the auto sec­tor through to the time when he opened his own busi­ness 17 years ago, Mr. La­combe proudly re­lated he has been serv­ing some of his customers for as long as 30 years.

“And they are al­ways com­ing back,” he added with a smile.

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Romeo La­combe and his wife Joanne La­combe co-own Romeo’s Ser­vice Cen­tre and Auto Sales Inc. in Alexan­dria and en­joy work­ing to­gether as part­ners, at home and in the shop.

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