by Mickey Smith
MORRISTOWN – It’s been Palmers, Inc. for as long as most people can remember it, but if you look at the sign now, it reads “Perras Auto.”
In an agreement that has been in the making for nearly a year, Kirt and Heath Perras, along with Heath’s son Colby have purchased the Brooklyn Street auto repair shop from the Palmer family ending a tradition that has spanned four generations and over 80 years for the family.
Heath and Kirt are part owners of Perras Bros. Trucking, of Morristown, and are both Morristown natives. The Perras’ took over the shop on April 12, they reopened it for business on April 17, one day earlier than they planned, as they had people poking their head in the door to see if they were open yet.
“We’ve been fairly busy,” said Heath, the brother who for the time being will be running the shop on a day-to-day basis.
Kirt, a diesel mechanic who graduated from TCI Diesel Tech, will remain attached to the other half of the family business, Perras Brothers Trucking. For now, Heath and Colby will be at the garage working. Heath, who also does the paperwork for the trucking business, said ideally they will hire an office manager to work behind the counter and write orders, but for now he will be there.
Colby Perras, Waylon Wells and Jesse Langlois can be found working in the shop, where they are offering all of the services formerly expected from Palmers. In the future, they hope to bring back gas and diesel and expect to expand their truck tire service, since that is their background. They have also moved their inspection station service down to the Brooklyn Street location.
One new service they would like to bring to the lot is used cars. They are in the process of working out the permitting to have some car sales out of the parking lot behind the building.
For the most part, they said, they plan to keep things going the way the Palmer family has done things for the past 80 years.