A Community Legacy Moves On
This past summer, after 65 years of serving the community, McDermott’s relocated to 8162 Ontario Street (off of S.W. Marine Drive) in advance of the upcoming demolition of the 4500 block of Dunbar Street.
McDermott’s has always been a part of Tony Ciccozzi’s life. His father, Harry Ciccozzi, was associated with the body shop for 52 years. He was McDermott’s first employee and eventually purchased the business from Noel “Mac” McDermott. Tony Ciccozzi joined the business in 1974. In 1985 he left to work at ICBC but returned in 2002 when his father passed away.
Saying goodbye to Dunbar is filled with bittersweet memories; however, Tony Ciccozzi is excited about the much bigger space to better serve his customers.
The Dunbar body shop could only take five cars at a time whereas the new location can accommodate 20 vehicles. The same collision repair services continue to be offered but on a much larger scale, including two spray booths to make your “baby” look as good as new.
Clients will be pleased to know the entire McDermott’s team (which has now expanded), including Coco the chocolate Labrador, are all on-site at the Ontario Street body shop and are eager to welcome familiar Dunbar faces through the door.
Tony Ciccozzi says, “The Dunbar community has been great for us.” At the same time he is realistic about how the neighbourhood is rapidly evolving and a body shop in the middle of the business district is no longer well situated.
If it is not convenient for you to drop off your at McDermott’s they are happy to offer clients their ICBC valet service. They will come to your house and pick up your car.
McDermott’s commitment to sponsoring the Dunbar Little League will also continue. “Dunbar will always be a part of our roots,” Tony Ciccozzi says.
He believes his father would be very proud to see how the little body shop that opened in 1950 has grown. The entire McDermott’s team wishes to thank Dunbar for 65 years of wonderful memories.
Visit the new location:
McDermott’s Body Shop
8162 Ontario Street, Vancouver BC V5X 3E3
Telephone 604-261-9212 or 604-321-0216