New automotive repair business comes to downtown Edgemont

Photo by Eric Harrold/Fall River County Herald-Star

Jeff Gregory poses along with his dog Walter in front of his newly established auto repair business on 2nd Avenue in Edgemont

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By Eric Harrold

Staff Writer

HOT SPRINGS – With the paint still drying on his new logo put on the building earlier last week, Jeff Gregory is now ready to welcome new customers to Fall River Automotive at 2nd Avenue in Edgemont, directly across from Hat Creek Grill. Actually he has been at it for a couple of months now, and apparently he’s gotten off on the right foot as a new customer dropped in on Friday morning to schedule a brake job, saying he had heard good things already about the work that Gregory does. 

Gregory is a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., where he graduated from high school with a vo-tech degree in diesel and industrial mechanics. He went to work for Caterpillar for a year before going to work at a local Ford dealership. He next took a job with Chrysler where he was employed for 18 years. During that span, Gregory says he held every position there is in a service department. 

Prior to coming to Edgemont, Gregory lived in Milliken, Colo., a place he had called home since 2014 after moving there from Missouri at age 38. In Colorado, he managed an independent repair facility. The move to Edgemont allowed him to be his own boss again and work at a more comfortable pace. While he will offer most services, he won’t doing anything involving tires or exhaust work. 

Gregory thinks he understands the keys to success when it comes to operating an auto repair business in the small town Midwest.

“You have to be honest with people and do quality work,” Gregory stated bluntly. “In a town this size, word gets around pretty quick whether it’s good or bad.”

When asked to recall his most memorable story from an auto repair scene, almost immediately, Gregory recounted the time when a groundhog hitched a ride in the engine compartment of a vehicle that came into the shop he worked at. After the vehicle was raised up on a lift, an animal control officer was able to extract the highly agitated animal with a noose pole. 

In his spare time, Gregory likes to play golf as well as hunting and fishing. If you drop by his shop, you’ll likely be greeted by Walter, Jeff’s French bulldog, who like most of us, is simply trying stay cool in the midst of an extremely hot South Dakota summer. 

Gregory can be reached by calling 605-662-5090.

Fall River County Herald Star

EDGEMONT OFFICE: 410 2nd Avenue   Edgemont, SD 57735-0660 | 605.662.7201
HOT SPRINGS OFFICE: 334 S. Chicago St.  Hot Springs, SD 57747 | 605.745.3930
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