The Young Motors Story
In the spring of 1965, our late father (Stu Young) and his former partner, Dan Ell, heard the streets of Fort McMurray were paved with gold and had to make the trip and see for themselves. Of course being typical men, they did not ask for directions until they got to Lac La Biche and found out there was no road to McMurray. The only way to travel was by train or plane. So back to Calgary and up they flew the next weekend. Well, there was no gold on the streets only mud and dust.
A short time later our parents put us on the train and August 1, 1965 we rolled into Fort “Mud” Murray – 4 kids, one car and a mobile home hauled into Park Plaza Trailer Court (where The Brick is currently). It rained from then until November when it went to -40C and it never warmed up until spring. Those were the good old days!
We started out with a BA Service Station (where Mike’s Barber Shop is in the Plaza One). In 1967 we acquired the Chrysler dealership and Hertz Rent-a-Car. In 1969 we closed the service station and opened a new and used car lot (where Kentucky Fried Chicken is located currently).
In 1970 we moved to the Riviera Royalite by Showgirls (which was a bowling alley at the time). In 1972 we rented the Sands Ford Sales building (now Alberta Motor Products). It was a tad smaller back then.
In 1975 we finally built our own building (where Sears is now) and occupied this space until 1979 when Stu Young died at an early age of cancer. June 12, 1979 saw the closing of the dealership, but Glen and his mom (Shirley) continued to operate Hertz Car & Truck Rentals and the Body Shop – Triple Y Auto body (Young-Young-Young). Shortly thereafter the lure of being in business dragged Tim away from university studies. Shirley, Glen, Marilyn and Tim successfully ran the body shop and car rentals (all 65 vehicles) for the next 10 years. During this time we branched out into renting ATV’s.
1988 saw another big change as we closed Triple Y Auto Body and Tim concentrated on the rentals and Glen and Marilyn got into the wholesale food distribution (Northern Grocers Ltd). After 13 years in the food business it was time for another change. In 2001 Northern Grocers closed and Glen & Marilyn jumped in to help Tim who was pulling his hair out (we had 200 vehicles). In 2005 Lesa joined the team working part-time.
The City boomed and business grew exponentially. Then the crash came. Fortunately, with the hard work and dedication of our employees we managed to survive the global recession of 2008-2009 and have achieved a full recovery. In 2010 we were a nominee for The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year
We moved into our beautiful new building in January 2009. This facility has allowed us to expand our services and increase our customer service capability which in turn helps us to distinguish ourselves from our competition.
In July 2017 we celebrated a milestone in our history – 50 years of serving this community, our customers and this great City of Fort McMurray which we call home.
Our success is attributed to our employees both past and present.
Dec 1951- Oct 2019
Vice President, Operations
Glen moved to Fort McMurray from Calgary in the summer of ’65 with his siblings and parents (who started the business). Glen had been involved in the family owned business for over 50 years, looking after the maintenance department as well as overseeing the operations of Young Motors. Glen was fortunate to work beside his wife Marilyn, who is the VP of Finance. In his spare time, Glen enjoyed the great outdoors, either snowmobiling, boating or quading.
On October 6, 2019 we lost our beloved Glen after a short battle with cancer. Glen will be remembered as a friend and a mentor who touched many lives and hearts.
Today we carry on his legacy.
And now – you know our story.
Shirley, Glen, Marilyn, Tim, Lesa