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Jeff Deru has opened Meridian Street Automotive. His garage at the south end of Meridian Street was previously owned by Bill Wissert.
"I came to Idaho to be a manager for Snap-On Tools," Deru said. After he and that company parted ways, he managed a repair shop in Idaho Falls.
"I've been in the automotive industry for 28 years," he said. "I owned two auto shops in Layton, Utah."
A native of Layton, Deru said the community has lost the small-town feel he enjoyed when he was growing up.
He, his wife Pat and their children â€” Krystal, Zach, Jessica and Whitney â€” found that feel in Blackfoot nearly nine years ago. Krystal is married to Josh Gordon of Blackfoot.
Deru opened his shop, which will be a one-man operation for now, on March 1. He is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
He pointed out that he is one the automotive advisory board for BYU-Idaho and will have the opportunity to mentor students from there in his shop eventually.
Meridian Street Automotive offers complete diagnostic, electrical repair, tune-up, brake, shocks, front end, engine and transmission services.
"Each time you come in you will get a free battery, alternator and shock check," Deru said. He added that customers will also get a free 70-point visual check when they come in for service.
Call 782-CARS (2277) to schedule service.