POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:02am
Lufkin, TX — By 3 p.m. Friday the last full-service gas station in Lufkin had served its final customer. The Polk’s full-service station on South First Street, which held on longer than most, finally gave way to the modern custom of swiping a card, pumping gas and speeding away.
“Today’s group is just used to self-service,” said Keith Williams of Polk Oil. “They just fill up and they’re on their way. They are used to that aspect of life.”
While the glory days of full-service stations has long past, Williams said Polk Oil kept the station operating to serve the loyal customers who continued to use it.
“That station has been there since 1949,” Williams said. “In fact, it wasn’t called a station back then, it was called a garage. We didn’t want to walk away from the loyal customers we have had there throughout the years, even though the station itself has not been profitable for several years now.”
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