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End of an era: Croghan station ending full-service gas business

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CROGHAN — After 60 years of full-service gasoline sales, Monnat & Nortz Service Station is shifting gears.

The long-time Main Street business around Nov. 16 will discontinue its gasoline sales to focus on vehicle service and repair.

“We have no ill feelings toward this at all,” said co-owner Stephen G. Monnat. “This is a business move. It’s a sign of the times. We appreciate what our loyal customers have done over the years.”

“We’re not going anywhere,” added his brother and business partner Peter J. Monnat, noting that the business is simply changing its focus.

The impending move will leave Mullin’s Service Station on South State Street in Lowville as Lewis County’s lone full-service gas station.

“I’m sorry to see it happen,” owner Robert J. Mullin said, recalling times he attended conferences with the Monnats when they were both Mobil dealers. “But I can see where they’re coming from.”

Mr. Mullin said he fully understands the difficulty of the business, particularly after going through a gasoline price war fueled by new and remodeled convenience stores in Lowville, and appreciates his customers’ support.

“I hope we can continue to do it,” he said, noting some people have never pumped gas in their lives.

“Times are changing, and not necessarily for the better,” Mr. Mullin added.

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