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Auto-care shop opening in former Hollywood Video building

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A Manassas man is converting a former Hollywood Video store in Spotsylvania County into an auto-repair shop.

Miguel Cruz hopes to open the Fredericksburg area’s first Honest-1 Auto Care shop at 10350 Courthouse Road by the end of April. The 5,000-square-foot building is in front of a Giant grocery store.

Contractors will create service bay doors on the west and north side of the Courthouse Road building and do some other renovation work. Cruz plans to hire a master mechanic, service technicians and other staffers.

Cruz, who moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico at the age of 18, recently retired from a career that included 15 years in the U.S. Army followed by 20 years in the civil service. He is now an area developer for Honest-1, tasked with finding new Northern Virginia locations for the growing national company.

Cruz is also the franchisee for the Spotsylvania location, but he is looking for people interested in taking over that one and future Honest-1 shops in Northern Virginia. The company has one store in Alexandria and another one coming to Ashburn this summer.