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HL’s The Pit Stop owner has a long history with cars

Pit Stop Tire and Auto owner Brad Miller has spent most of his life working on cars, he said.

Miller grew in Howard Lake with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

He said he has never moved more than three miles from town, and has lived on three sides of Dutch Lake.

The idea to open The Pit Stop was easy, since he had always worked on cars, Miller said.

“I grew up working on cars,” Miller said. “Then, I raced cars for 10 years.”

Miller raced about four times per week at various Minnesota tracks including Princeton, Brainerd, Alexandria, Cedar Lake, Willmar, Redwood, and Arlington.

He also participated in out-state races in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Florida.

Miller opened The Pit Stop gas station and convenience store portion of the building in 2001. He opened the tire and auto shop, located on the back side of the convenience store, in 2004.

The convenience store is managed by Julie Workman and employs at least 10 people.

“We have a great group of employees in a friendly and clean environment,” said Workman.

The tire and auto center employs two people and offers tires, automotive repair, alignments, brakes, tune-ups and oil changes, according to Miller.

“Basically, we offer anything automotive repair-related,” Miller said.

The Pit Stop has a new touchless automatic car wash, and two self-serve car wash bays.

The Pit Stop offers specials on both sides of the building.

The specials for the convenience store include a free small one-topping pizza with the purchase of a large three-topping pizza, and a free six-inch sub with the purchase of two 12-inch subs.

The tire and auto shop specials include 15 percent off labor for any repair $495 or higher, free installation with the purchase of a battery, free oil change with the purchase of four tires, and free tire rotation with the purchase of a synthetic oil change and brake inspection.

Miller said shopping local is important because small businesses help fund the schools and police departments through taxes.

“Ninety percent of the tires we sell are US made,” Miller said. “The price is similar to import, and the warranty is usually better.”

“We need to shop locally for our own longevity. Americans can’t afford not to,” he added.

For more information, call The Pit Stop convenience store (320) 543-0194 or The Pit Stop Tire and Auto (320)543-3370.

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