After about 25 years, he expanded the garage and built a separate office for the car sales. He had to purchase an additional 25 feet of land so the building could be far enough off the property line. The Coats’ from the Lovettsville area built the backpart of the garage. At the time, the roof was flat until renovations were made in mid 1990’s. Gene’s grandson, Brett (Terry’s son), has run the auto repair business since 2001 as Ridgeway’s Auto Repair. He employs 2 full-time mechanics as well as his brother, Darren, part-time.
As the business grew, Gene hired two salesmen. Tom Pearson sold cars for about 15 years at Ridgeway’s Used Cars, and Larry Potts sold cars for about 2 years. Gene had one secretary, Patsy Danner, for about 25 years. In 1983, Gene’s daughter, Peggy, started working as the secretary following Patsy’s death. Peggy continues to serve as secretary.,Gene’s sons, Terry and Mark, began cleaning up cars (detailing) when they were around 10 years old.,Mark later became a mechanic and started working at the garage. Terry pursued a career in information,technology. In 1992, Mark started selling cars along with Gene and continues to run the car sale part of the business (Ridgeway’s Used Cars) today with his son, Brandon.