Business owner relocates after 32 years to make room for new intersection
MUNCY – A new move, a new garage, and a new phone number will keep Mike Sullivan in business, despite the fact that he has lost his former location for a new road. The local business owner has been at the corner of Routes 220 and 405 for 32 years and now “Eminent Domain” has taken its place.
At 54 years of age, Sullivan said he is not ready to start over or work for someone else. He has lost the gas station part of the business which has been in existence since 1965 when Howard Shaner built it next to Dugan’s Gun Shop, a business which is still there under the name ‘Dixie’s Gun Shop,’ and another long time family business.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bought out Sullivan Gulf and upon a three year’s notice, Sullivan was able to purchase another property in Muncy Creek Township. It is now a service station, and luckily many of his loyal customers were able to relocate with him. It is now called Sullivan’s Service Station and it is located at 2164 Rt. 405 Highway next to the District Magistrate office. He had to be out of his former place by July 22. “This was an awesome location, and PennDot didn’t take this into consideration,” replied Sullivan.
“We have always been a full service station, and no one else is doing it here,” said Sullivan. “We are one of the last Mom and Pop old style service stations in existence,” he added referring to the former Gulf Station on the corner.
Eminent domain took his business to improve the intersection and install a new red light for all four corners and to add separate turning lanes. He wasn’t sure when the construction will begin, but Sullivan was told to empty his building and everything on the lot. “I’m not happy with the eminent domain buyout, but I did not have a choice.”
He said he worked with Keystone Acquisition Group, Pennsylvania’s full service consulting and project management firm that provided assistance to help complete the move from planning and development up through the new construction.
The move wasn’t easy according to Sullivan. He said he lost some office space, but was able to build a new front office and a waiting room section for customers. In addition to the remodeling, Sullivan also had to buy some new equipment such as the costly rotary lift.
Good service has always been his mainstay, and Sullivan said he will continue to do state inspections, general vehicle maintenance and auto repair such as oil changes, new tires, and brake replacements.
He is working on signage, and an open house will be planned for later in the year. “We still have no place to pump gas, but we are making the best of a bad situation.”