History

The History of Musbury Garage

Illustrations:
Garage and prices 1930s
Garage Business Card 1960s
Garage 1980s

Musbury Garage was started in the 1930s by Mr George Snell. During World War 2 the site was mothballed, until Mr Snell returned and reopened for business. During this era the site consisted of a wooden workshop and an open forecourt area with petrol pumps dispensing many different brands of fuel.

In the early 1960s, Mr Jim Hendin purchased the business. A new concrete workshop and showroom area was built, followed by a canopy to protect fuel customers from inclement weather. Mr Hendin specialised in MG sports cars, and latterly held a franchise to sell the TVR brand. Through this period the forecourt sold firstly Cleveland and then Esso petrol.

In April 1981 the garage was bought by Frank and Barbara Rinaldi. The site was quite run down when they took over, with only one member of staff. After switching fuel brands to National, they set about rebuilding the business. The mid 1980s saw the first diesel pump on the forecourt, and then a move to selling BP fuel. In 1988 their son Julian joined the business, and in 1990 ambitious plans were unveiled to modernise the garage.

A new workshop was built including an MOT test station. The forecourt moved from attended to self-service, and a small shop was constructed. In 1995, a Practical Car and Van Rental franchise was added, bringing a new dimension to the services on offer at the garage. In 2009, a further redevelopment saw the majority of the old workshop converted to accommodate a Spar convenience store including an off licence.

In 2012 this was followed by the opening of a Post Office Local branch within the Spar store. During late 2013 the MOT test station was modernised, allowing the testing of Class 7 light commercial vehicles for the first time.