I was out working at a Texaco in Richmond Heights. They knew I was looking for a station. I had just gotten out of the service.
I used to live in Eastlake. They said, “Hey, we got a station for ya in your neck of the woods.” I came down here and looked at it, and it was all closed up and everything. I said, “Let’s give it a shot.” So I opened it up as a Texaco station 33 years ago. And here I am.
When I came here, there was virtually nothing but wide-open fields. The grocery store was there. I was it. Me and McDonalds [laughs].
I miss the old area, because now there is so much traffic all the time. But I like the business. This corner has been really good to me.
I know just about everyone in the city, I’ve been here for so long.
Head Waters across the street does lunch and dinner. They have the best burgers in town. Spuddy’s is right down the street. We have a lot of family-owned restaurants.
I think I’m about the last ever to still do the full-service pump. I’ve actually tried to take it down a couple of times, and I’ll get phone calls.
I don’t believe in those air machines that you put quarters in. I always have a hose out there, while we’re open, to let people use.
Andrews Road is like downtown Mentor-on-the-Lake.
I’m here 14 hours a day.
We’re busier in the summertime, with a lot of boats coming through.