A GARAGE has shut up shop today after 40 years of business following a major staff shortage.
Mo’s Motors in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire pulled the plug after the business wrestled with retirement and recruitment difficulties, Cambridgeshire Live reported.
A much-loved garage closed its doors for the final time today[/caption]
Hundreds of residents scrambled to pay touching tributes to the much-loved car mechanics’ garage on Facebook.
“[It] is such a loss to the local car community,” one resident wrote.
“As a female car enthusiast, I always took my boys to Mo’s.
“I trusted them to look after my cars.
“They never made me feel like I didn’t know about cars, but always offered advice and taught me a lot.”
A second resident chimed in: “So sad to hear that Mo’s Motors is closing its doors this week.
“I have been using them for the past 15 years and have always had amazing service.
“The staff will go above and beyond for their customers.
“Although the closure is partly down to retirement, it is also, unfortunately, a sign of the times.”
Located just off the high street, the garage first opened its doors in 1983 with just the owner, Mo Moussi, and one employee.
The team expanded to include, most recently, five trained mechanics and two apprentices.
But Mo, now in his seventies, had struggled to recruit new mechanics.
The company’s service receptionist, who didn’t wish to be named, explained: “We just can’t get the mechanics and we can’t keep running on a skeleton team of staff.
“No one is applying.”
It comes as a car dealership which specialises in Fiats, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Jeeps is set to close down a garage.
Nation-wide chain Johnsons has announced the closure of its popular branch in Dorridge, Solihull.