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Gwen's Tips: Full-Service Gas Stations

Jun 20, 2013 08:57AM ● By Bailey Hemphill
The few full-service gas stations remaining in Omaha are proud of what they can offer their customers. These six stations tell you in their own words what you can look forward to from their businesses.

“We pump the gas. We also check the tires if they need it, clean the windows, and check the fluids,” says owner Keith Kettelhut. He’s been at Ralston Auto Repair since he was 16, when the gas station had four full-service lanes. They’re down to one lane now, but that’s okay. “There’s only a few of us left here in Omaha,” he says. “We just try to be a small town gas station, not a convenience store.” Ralston’s Fuel and Services 7701 Main St. 402-597-5064

“We’ve been in business since 1964, when full-service was the norm.” Steve Bertagni, owner of Ted’s Sinclair, is proud of the longevity of his business. “We decided to keep the service going, at least at one of our pumps, to take care of older people, people who are disabled—those who want a little service instead of do-it-yourself all the time.” Ted’s Sinclair 4525 Center St. 402-558-5420

“We provide the full-service because it’s needed,” says Bob Fenster, service manager at Buchanan’s BP. “We vacuum the carpets, wash and check tires, check oil and fluids underneath the hood. We also pump the gas.” The station also has an in-service shop for more complete maintenance. Buchanan’s BP Service Center 7911 W. Dodge Rd. 402-393-2722

Aside from having their gas pumped and their windows cleaned, customers at Fred’s Friendly Service should know that if they want anything else done, all they need to do is ask. “I’m proud that the business has been family-owned for 50 years now,” says owner Robert Wackerhagen. His father was Fred, the business’ namesake. “That’s what my dad always said: Friendly service is the most important part.” Fred’s Friendly Service 2901 Leavenworth St. 402-342-9519

“Our ASE-certified technicians still pump your gas, clean your windows, check your tires, and check your vehicle’s fluids.” Jim and Jerry are second-generation owners of M and N Service, a family-owned gas station. “You are going back to a time where people smiled and were genuinely glad to see you. Our old-fashioned values haven’t changed.” Those values go back to the station’s beginning in 1972, when their parents opened the station. M and N Service, Inc. 12005 Pacific St. 402-333-6823

“We offer full-service to help people out,” says Kyle Spicer, manager of Buchanan’s BP Service Center. “Not a lot of people pump their own gas, specifically older folk. The full-service island is what we are most proud of. We normally wash the car and vacuum it out. We also pump the gas. We’re here to provide what they’re unable to do for themselves.” Buchanan’s BP Service Center 5001 Dodge St. 402-553-7374

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