Lex Brodie's to stop selling gas
Updated On: Mar 31 2014 09:34:05 PM HST
It is the end of an era at a historic Honolulu gas station -- Lex Brodie's will stop selling gas.
For the past 50 years, people have been pulling in for a fill up at Lex Brodie's Queen Street location.
"I've been doing that for years," said Honolulu resident Tony Koura.
Instead of people pumping their own gas, Lex Brodie would have attendants fuel them up - a convenience that came with a cost.
"The hard cost for attendants was about 11 cents per gallon, but recently rose to 18 cents a gallon. Essentially we've been losing money on gas, so it forced us to close our gas lanes," said Lex Brodie's President Scott Williams.
Williams added it was a tough decision, especially because he started by pumping gas in the 80s.
Why not just turn into a regular gas station, like so many others?
Converting all the gas lanes to self-serve would cost the company too much to retrofit pumps and rearrange access for cars.
Instead, they'll use the space for more customers at their busy tire and service center.
"We counted it this morning. We can park 17 cars in the gas lanes. In downtown Honolulu 17 parking spots is like gold," said Williams.
Some drivers were disappointed to hear it was the end of the line for fuel and those gas attendants.
"They're friendly. They pump gas and you get to know them, and they know you - so it was nice. I'm sad that the attendants aren't going to be here anymore," said Pearl City resident Lisa Wond.
Some of the gas attendants will be moved to other positions to handle the additional tire business, but the change at the pump will also cost four Lex Brodie's employees their jobs.
The attendant gas service has ended at both the Waipahu and Queen street locations, but the Honolulu station will continue to have a self-serve gas lane for the next two weeks to give customers time to find someplace else to fuel up.
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