Fire Ignites Desire to Reopen Auto Repair Shop

Edgar’s Japanese Auto Repair re-opened in Lexington, Nebraska, in May of 2002. Prior to 2002, Edgar had the same business for 12 years in the Los Angeles area. The Gutierrez’s decided to move to Nebraska so their children could have a better place to grow up and so they could have more opportunities as small business owners than the metropolitan area offered.

The shop filled a particular niche in Lexington. Edgar’s specialty is providing affordable repair and maintenance services for Japanese automobiles. Business was steady and growing until 2008. That year Edgar’s building was completely destroyed by a fire.

While some might have given up then and there, the Gutierrez’s were determined to get going again. Slowly, Edgar rebuilt the shop in the same location, and it was completed in the spring of 2010. His prior customers are returning, and he is also attracting new ones.

REAP Business Specialist Nancy Flock worked with the Gutierrez’s on developing a Business Plan. They also qualified for REAP financing due to this assistance. “When we saw a need for this type of business, we trusted our instincts, were patient and then saw results. With the help of REAP, we’re ready to grow our business,” said Angela Gutierrez, Edgar’s wife.

Edgar’s Japanese Auto and Edgar’s Digging and Construction plans to purchase equipment and build a larger customer base in both businesses. As business grows they also plan to hire two to three employees.

You’ll find Edgar’s Japanese Auto Repair/Edgar’s Digging and Construction at 507 West Vine in Lexington, Nebraska. You can reach the shop at 308.324.4150 or

Edgar and Angela Gutierrez
Edgar and Angela Gutierrez stand outside their newly completed shop in Lexington.