The Edmond Sun

June 21, 2013

Swedish Import Repair plans expansion

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Planning Commission voted 4-0 in favor of a site plan request to construct an addition to Swedish Import Repair Inc.

Business owner Jim Hackler plans to expand the west side of his 2,700-foot building by 1,620 square feet, he said. Swedish Import Repair Inc. is at 201 W. 15th St.

“We’re going to purchase an alignment machine to be able to do front-end alignments on Volvos,” Hackler said. “We’re an exclusive Volvo repair shop.”

Nothing about the driveway, sign or lighting will change with the building, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Landscaping will continue to meet city codes, he added.

“There is no residential near this location,” Schiermeyer said.

This site plan addition was approved by the City Council in 2001, but the site plan expired without the addition being constructed, Schiermeyer said. This week’s approval of the item does not require approval by the City Council, Schiermeyer said.

In 1989, Hackler opened the business at a site he rented at Third Street and North Broadway. Hackler bought the corner lot of Fretz and 15th Street in 1991. His customer base has grown with the community.

Volvos are sold there as well. Customer service and knowledge of the product has enabled Swedish Import Repair to flourish, he said. The business provides more value at a lesser price, Hackler said. He takes a personable approach to business by meeting his customers and directing the service needs of each Volvo.

“It gives us an advantage. Volvos are all we see,” he said. “With technology changing like it does, it’s a big leg up to work on one brand.”

To learn more about Swedish Import Repair Inc., visit BeNiceToYourVolvo.com.

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