Marshall Small Engine moves to East College Drive

Photo by Jody Isaackson New owners Ryan Runia, Tyler Madden and Quentin Fixen pause for a photo by the Textron utility vehicle which is the showcase of their sales floor at Marshall Small Engine’s new location at 1209 East College Drive, Marshall.

MARSHALL — A new sales room and repair shop has replaced Seasons Gallery in the fancy white building at 1209 East College Drive.

Three new business owners worked to move the Marshall Small Engine to this location. Two are contractors Ryan Runia and Travis Madden, and one is chiropractor Quentin Fixen. They did all the remodeling and plan to paint the exterior as soon as weather permits.

It took them a good month to remodel the place, installing new windows and upgrading the interior for about 2/3 of the building. There is still one renter in the west side.

“We had hired all local businesses to help with the remodeling.” “We bought out Marshall Small Engine from Bill Ziegenhagen on Oct. 1,” Runia said. “Bill had a for sale sign up, and we already owned this building.”

Ziegenhagen’s business was at 705 West Main Street, Marshall.

“Bill was big on keeping the business in town,” Madden said.

Madden and Fixen live in Marshall. Runia lives near Ghent. A Marshall location was good for them, too.

The weekend before Thanksgiving they were busy setting up a Textron off-road utility vehicle, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, snowmobile gear and four-wheelers as well as Bad Boy mowers. They were ready for Black Friday shopping.

The shop also carries Husqvarna, Cub Cadet and Easy Go golf carts, parts, accessories and clothing.

“We sell residential and commercial equipment,” Fixen said.

Runia and one other full-time employee are currently offering small engine repair and sales of all things with small engines, including leaf blowers.

“We have a very part-time bookkeeper right now,” Runia said, “my mother. We hope to grow the business, requiring a full-time bookkeeper and more employees.”

Currently, Runia’s mother also keeps books for the three in their first enterprise, the car wash out by the airport.

The new Marshall Small Engine shop and sales floor are open for business from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The owners are willing to stay open later on Saturdays as needed and are contemplating a later close on Thursday nights.

The new owners are planning a grand opening in the spring. At that time, they will be showcasing their lawn and garden line which includes several types of lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws.

To set up a repair appointment, Marshall Small Engine can still be reached at the same number it has had for 40 years: 507-532-5796.

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