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Unique Western Star dealership offers something for everyone

ARNPRIOR, Ont. - For truck drivers looking for a dealership, fuel station and restaurant all rolled into one, look...

ARNPRIOR, Ont. – For truck drivers looking for a dealership, fuel station and restaurant all rolled into one, look no further than the Antrim Truck Centre. Sitting on 30 acres of land in Arnprior, Ont., the unique Western Star dealership not only has the usual showroom and service bays, it also boasts restaurant, bakery, convenience store, gas station, paint shop, and parking for more than 100 trucks.

The 150-seat restaurant, The Hangar, serves traditional, home-cooked meals 24 hours a day while the Big Rigs Bakery sells several baked items made fresh on site. The restaurant also has a showroom visible for diners with a current Western Star model on display right now, its the LowMax.

The truck centre started out as a truck stop in nearby Antrim, Ont. in 1978 but moved into sales 10 years later. After moving to its expanded facility in 2004, the site now offers an even greater variety of customer services that cater to people from all walks of life, though selling and serving trucks remains the centres primary focus, says Jack Cameron, dealer principal.

“Our truck customer base is about 50% on-highway and 50% vocational,” he says. “Western Star vehicles are great because they offer our customers a premium, quality truck with a tough, off-road reputation.”

With 80 employees, Antrim Truck Centre is still a family-run business. Cameron’s wife, Gail, is the restaurant and office manager; daughter Tiffany is the restaurant supervisor; son-in-law Clint is the sales manager; son Al is the service manager; and daughter-in-law Emily is the credit manager.

“My entire family was brought up in the business,” Cameron says. “In business, you need people you trust. It’s nice to have my family for that.”

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