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Satisfied customers keep local business in operation for 30 years

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Celebrating 30 years of business on Saturday at the Gulf Station in Hughesville are (left to right): Mike Sullivan, proprietor, Bryson Osman and Cody Beaver, full time employees.

HUGHESVILLE – Mike Sullivan owner of the Gulf Station in Hughesville celebrated 30 years of business on Saturday, April 2 with a customer appreciation day. Free giveaways, hot dogs and hamburgers were given out throughout the morning to all who came.

“We drew names every hour starting at 8 a.m.,” said Sullivan who gave out baseball caps, t-shirts, lanyards, and mugs.

There are two full time employees and two part time. “We will be moving in 2017 when the state buys me out for the intersection,” said Sullivan who purchased the old “Bardo building” on Route 405 next to District Judge Jon Kemp’s office. He is currently renting out the space and hopes to have it finished when the time comes to move.

“We have been working on the building a little at a time,” added Sullivan who also said he is looking forward to the move as it will give him more space for his growing business. He also hopes to hire more employees in the process and bring in more equipment.

The corner of Rts. 220 and 405 has always had a gas station there. It was first Atlantic, then Arco, followed by Texaco and now it is Gulf related Sullivan. “It was a Texaco when I first bought it,” he said.

His specialty is service and maintenance, oil changes, brakes and inspections. Sullivan said he started working at the station when he was 15. “It’s all I’ve ever done!” he remarked proudly, and his customers like coming back again and again.