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Scougall Motors tradition continues in new building

Hank Arnoldussen, John Davis Jr. and David Arnoldussen with the three prints by Gerald Goldenbeld depicting key buildings and people in the history of Scougall Motors.

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to celebrate the investment in Fort Macleod by a long-time business.
Faith, family and friends was the theme of the grand opening of Scougall Motors new 19,555 sq. ft. auto sales and service centre.
“Today is a very special day,” Hank Arnoldussen said.
The showroom at the new dealership at 836 14th St. was packed for the grand opening, and guests were treated to lunch served by members of the Fort Macleod Fire Department.
The grand opening began with a blessing, followed by Arnoldussen’s recognition of the importance of family members including his wife Stella and their 16 children.
Arnoldussen also reflected on his relationship with John Davis Jr. and his family, including wife Barb and sons Tim, Mike and Luke.
“He took me under his wing in 1989 and taught me the business,” Arnoldussen said of John Davis Jr, who Hank called the best partner anyone could have.
Arnoldussen also praised what he called the General Motors family.
“Many of you have heard me say that we are strong together and we are weak apart,” Arnoldussen said. “General Motors is a truly great partner.”
General Motors western zone manager Glenn Lemmerick was at the grand opening to offer best wishes on behalf of the company for what he called a “truly magnificent dealership.”
“Everything that has gone into this building and this facility has one thing in mind — the customer,” Lemmerick said.
Lemmerick said the service drive-through, the customer lounge, the bright showroom and the up-to-date equipment reflect the depth of planning that went into the new dealership.
“This building is a realization of your dream,” Lemmerick said.
Arnoldussen also thanked his staff — the Scougall Motors family — for their hard work and support.
“Family means so much to me,” Arnoldussen said.
Arnoldussen then turned his attention to the third category of the grand opening — friends.
“This category is the backbone of our business,” Arnoldussen said. “It’s our customers.”
Arnoldussen cited as examples of customers who are also friends Pete Standing Alone of the Blood Tribe and John Tschetter of the Thompson Colony.
Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience praised Scougall Motors for its decision to invest so heavily in the community.
“They have done a tremendous job,” Patience said. “They are a commercial anchor in our community. But they are more than that.”
“They are an anchor in our community. They are civic-minded. They always lend a hand whenever needed.”
Patience said it is the people who believe and invest in Fort Macleod that make it a great community.
“The investment they made in this facility is incredible,” Patience said. “It shows a great deal of determination and it shows a great deal of confidence in Fort Macleod.”
George Scougall started Scougall Motors in 1925 and the business has forged a strong relationship with Fort Macleod.
In 1937 John Davis Sr. started his career at Scougall Motors and in 1975 John Davis Jr. took over his dad’s dealership.
In 1989 John Davis Jr. had an opportunity to move to Lethbridge and run Davis GM and sold the Fort Macleod operations to Hank Arnoldussen who had been working for him since 1979. In 2008 Hank and John established a new partnership.
The dealership has changed locations over the years but one thing has never wavered — a commitment to customer service.
“The customer always came first,” Arnoldussen said of the company founder. “The name and tradition will carry on at Scougall Motors.”
The grand opening ceremony concluded with the cutting of a ribbon and the unveiling of a series of three pencil sketches by Gerald Goldenbeld depicting key people in the history of Scougall Motors.
The first print shows the original dealership with images of George H. Scougall, John Davis Sr., Arnold Butler, John Davis Jr. and Jim Butler.
The second print features the dealership at the corner of Chief Red Crow Blvd. and Third Avenue and the images of John Davis Sr., John Davis Jr. and Hank Arnoldussen.
The third print showcases the new dealership with images of Hank Arnoldussen and his sons David and William and John Davis Jr. and his sons Jim, Mike and Luke.
“It has been a great journey,” John Davis Jr. said. “For Hank to keep the name and the tradition is just incredible.”

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