About Us


The beginning -

The Nickel City Motors story began in 1969, before Thompson was even incorporated as a city. Dennis and Wilma Grandbois moved with their five children; Wendy; Darren; Brent; Steve; and Deanna to the tiny northern community to set up shop and grow with the town. And grow they did! Within three years the then Ski-Doo and automotive dealership expanded to the old bus station on Station Road – they would call this location home for the next three and a half decades. The city of Thompson evolved during those years, as did Nickel City Motors, ultimately finding an ideal mix of brand name products and quality service.

Wendy and Steve take the helm -

In the year 2000, the sister and brother team of Wendy and Steve Grandbois took over the helm of the business while the rest of the family remained close as a support system. Wendy and Steve continued where their father had left off, cementing the already strong relationships with the community and assembling a close knit team of employees to continue providing the level of service customers had come to expect from the family-owned business.

Move from Station Road to Severn Crescent -

By 2009, Nickel City Motors' business had out-grown the Station Road location and began plans to expand again. In 2010, the business moved to its new 20,000 square foot superstore on Severn Crescent allowing for a modern service and parts facility as well as larger indoor and outdoor showrooms. The new store brought new faces to the team, but the dedication to customer service and the business philosophy remained the same; Nickel City Motors strives to do whatever possible to ensure that every customer walking through the doors is 100% satisfied.

Wendy and Steve Retire -

In 2015, Steve and Wendy brought in Tim Pawloski, a professional general manager, to run the business and, in 2016, Steve and Wendy retired from operating the business day-to-day. While still the proud owners of Nickel City Motors, they now rely on Tim and his team to handle the business and continue to provide the excellent customer service that the company has become known for - for almost half a decade !