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North Redondo Beach Business Association — The Voice of North Redondo Business

The North Redondo Beach Business Association (NRBBA) is determined to help your business grow.

We are local businesses discussing local issues. The NRBBA brings together business owners, managers and city government representatives to share information and help North Redondo Beach businesses grow. Join our meetings to hear about important local plans and events. We really want to meet you and hear your thoughts! It all starts with a meeting.

New Feature!  Each month the NRBBA will highlight one of the over 100 businesses that line the Artesia corridor and beyond – each dedicated to growing their business through the provision of excellent goods and services to their customers and the residents of North Redondo Beach.


 

Independent RepairIndependent Auto Repair
2720 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
indrepair@aol.com
http://www.independentrepair.com
Hours of Operation:  Tuesday-Saturday – 8am-6pm – 24/7 Key Drop 
 
Since 1975, Independent Repair has operated in Redondo Beach as the ‘go to’ source for all automotive needs.  Starting with the traditional R&R (repair and replace) services, transmission work, tires, detailing, air conditioning, you-name-it; the professionals at Independent Repair execute their mission with pride and precision to meet the complete automotive needs of every customer.
 
But this thriving automotive repair shop could have easily been dedicated to motorcycle repair.  At 15 years of age, Owner/President Jim Chen fell in love with the Honda 50 motorcycle.  He worked as many as three paper delivery routes to earn the money to buy his first bike.  (Did I mention that he was also the ‘Man of the House’ to his mother and 3 sisters at the same time?)  In order to repair and put the Honda in racing form, Jim worked as a caddy at the Palos Verdes Country Club over the summers.  He worked on the bike himself his spare time – learning and loving every minute of it.
 
Jim Chen on Honda 750Jim started racing motorcycles as a student at nearby Wilmington’s Banning High School and won the California American Federation of Motorcyclists championships the year he graduated.  Again while attending Harbor College, won the 350 class championship.  Jim was drafted in the United States Army where he served as an MP and in the motor pool.  So that he could afford to continue bike racing, Jim repaired cars and bikes in his spare time while stationed at San Francisco’s Presidio Army base and for the third time won the 350 class championship. In 1972, Jim won the pole position at Daytona Beach and finished third on his 750 Yoshimura Honda.
 
 Upon his return to civilian life, Jim worked at a Honda automotive dealership and took classes at El Camino Colleges and Dominguez State University. In 1974, Jim opened his first repair shop in Hawthorne, but moved the business to Redondo Beach the following year. Independent Repair has been in its’ present location since 1980, and currently employs nine people.
 
A Rotarian since 1979, Jim served as President of the Redondo Beach Club in 2006-2007. In 2010, he was named Man of the Year by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and has been a Chamber member for over 38 years.Jim Chen Plaques  Despite the many accolades he has deservedly received, Jim Chen is unpretentious to a fault and when he’s not fishing, will interrupt his paperwork to answer the office phone. He also loves to share the spotlight on his business with his general manager of twenty-nine years, Mike Grady – who just happens to be the founding member of the South Bay Country Band.The success of Independent Repair is the result of years of providing customers with reliable, thorough and personal service that exceeds expectations – and the persona of Jim Chen. 
 
 

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