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Marle Gaarder Jr., co-owner of Schmidty's in Grove City, left, talks with store regular Gale Peterson of Grove City at the store's counter. Gaarder tore down his old service station to build the new store, which opened in late January. The store sells gasoline, diesel and groceries. It also has a deli counter that makes cheeseburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, egg rolls and pizza. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwwerf

From fixing car engines to making caramel rolls, Grove City mechanic builds new Schmidty's store

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GROVE CITY -- After years of operating a one-man automotive shop, Marle Gaarder Jr. encountered a steep learning when he built and opened a new convenience store.


Instead of repairing engines and changing oil, Gaarder is now perfecting the art of making caramel rolls and sub sandwiches.

The new Schmidty's convenience store in Grove City opened in late January.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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