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Long-Time Bloomington Service Station Closes Shop

BLOOMINGTON - Quinn's service station has been in Elmo Quinn's family since the 1940s, but New Year’s Eve was the final day its doors were open.
BLOOMINGTON - Quinn's service station has been in Elmo Quinn's family since the 1940s, but New Year’s Eve was the final day its doors were open.

"I have no regrets with all the years we've had with people," said Quinn.

For years, he's been topping off tanks and sprucing up windows, and more.

"We always said thank you and we enjoyed having people come through and we left them with a smile," said Quinn.

His father, and his father's twin brother, opened this place as a Texaco Station in 1941, when Elmo was just one year old. For the past 28 years, it’s been a Shell station. No matter the label on door, customers say the service and the friendship will be hard to replace.

"He's always treated us right, and looked after us. We're going to miss him, and we don't know where we're going to go next," said Jimmy Fairbanks, a driver for Advocate BroMenn Medical Group.

But something else stood out even more than the work on the cars.

"You know where his priorities are. It's family first and he obviously operates across the street from a church he attends, so you know where his No. 1 priority is," said David Blumenshine.

"Well, it's going to be kind of hard getting gas somewhere else for a while," said Andy Ferrara.

"I have mixed feelings about quitting, but it's that time, at my age, to do it," said Quinn.

And for Quinn, closing shop isn't the end. He hopes retirement is a new beginning.

"People come in and say they're going to miss me, and they have tears in their eyes, and pretty soon, I read the bottom paragraph of the flyer and I get tears in my eyes," said Quinn.

"It's just going to be real tough to not have him here. I'll pass by here every day and think of him all the time," said Blumenshine.

Quinn's gas station hasn't been bought yet. At this point, Quinn is still deciding what's next for it.


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