Hamline Auto Body of Lauderdale has moved to a new location in Vadnais Heights. The third-generation auto-repair firm, which was located at 2520 Broadway Drive and owned by the Huber family, has offered complete auto service in the St. Paul area for more than 50 years, fixing everything from blown fuses to major collision damage.
For the past 11 of those years, Hamline Auto Body could be found at the intersection of Broadway and 280, just south of Hwy. 36. According to Mike Huber, whose father, George, founded the business and whose son, Bradley, recently stepped into the general manager role, Hamline Auto Body reopened Nov. 18 at 1451 Willow Lake Blvd., off Hwy. 61, north of Interstate 694.
The family’s goal, Huber says, is to maintain the same level of quality and service for which they have long been known locally. They also hope to maintain contracts with St. Paul and Roseville police departments at the new site.
What becomes of the vacated property? The City of Lauderdale reports that Beaupre Aerial Equipment Inc. applied for a zoning amendment to add their business to the industrial mix on the west side of Hwy. 280. Owned by former Minnesota North Star goalie Don Beaupre (hockey fans may recall the Canadian-born All Star played in the NHL for 17 years), Beaupre Inc. rents and repairs lift equipment for the construction, electrical, window installation, HVAC and roofing trades. “The building size is just what we’re looking for,” said Beaupre’s Brad Swanson, citing the central location convenient to both Twin Cities, and highways I-35 and I-94. —D.J. Alexander