08/01/2012 - By Gayle Irwin
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When Jason Leung visited a friend in Casper a few years ago, he discovered a new horizon: a community in which to open his business. Horizon Automotive opened in May 2011.
Jason and his wife moved to Casper from California.
"I fell in the love with the area, and decided to move here," he said. "I had been looking to open (an automotive business) in California, but everything is so saturated there."\
His vehicle repair shop is located near Sunrise Shopping Center, on the corner of Poplar and 39th streets. Jason said he chose the name for his business to coincide with the theme of the shopping center. He wanted something a bit unique.
"The last thing I wanted was what so many others do, put my name on it," Jason said. "I wanted the business to reflect the area, sunrise, horizon…"
That unique name also reflects the uniqueness of certain aspects of their business. Jason and his wife Nikki also operate a convenience store, but they sell products not normally found at other C-stores: Asian snacks, food and drinks, including noodles and Japanese soda pop. These selections reflect their Asian heritage. Jason is originally from Hong Kong and Nikki's ancestry is Vietnamese.
"We wanted to be different (from other C-stores)," Jason said. "Asian foods are our specialty."
Their specialty on the automotive repair side is Honda and Acura, however, Jason said he accepts and works on all makes and models. He is a Hondo certified Master Technician. Jason said his training includes electrical and fuel emissions.
"I've been well trained," he said.
Another certified technician also works at the business, he added.
All types of repairs are available, from significant electrical problems to simple oil changes. Brakes and shocks are also done at Horizon, and a free shuttle service is available for customers dropping off their vehicles.
While Jason works on vehicles, Nikki runs the C-store, including selecting and purchasing the items. She also takes care of the front desk and answers the phone.
Horizon is open 7:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday, thereby meeting the needs of customers working 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.
"We open early and close late," Jason said.
"Taking care of the customer is very important to me," Jason said. "I feel good when a customer comes in with a complaint that no one else has been able to fix and I take care of it for them – I get a lot of enjoyment out of that."
His reputation is growing along with the business. Jason said he is "booked out about two weeks – that's the bad part (of the business)."
Although he envisions another new horizon for the business with growth, possibly adding more employees, Jason said he doesn't foresee moving from the current location.
"I like where we're at," Jason said, "though at times I wish we had a bigger shop."
Contact Jason or Nikki for your vehicle repair needs by calling 265-1900.