Venerable old service station building finds new life as tire and lube
And just that quick, the ribbon is cut, signifying the opening of yet another downtown Cherryville business! Main Street Tire & Lube officially opened their shop at 300 E. Main St., in what was once Maurice Seate’s Amoco Service Station building, an icon in downtown Cherryville if ever there was one! (photo by MEP/The Eagle)
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The car and history-loving duo of Kelvin Brittain and Bill Stroupe were all smiles as they and many members of their family, as well as Cherryville City and Chamber officials, cut the ribbon signifying their Main Street Tire & Lube shop was open for business.
They had been open for a little bit prior to this official ribbon cutting, but wanted to make it official and have a few friends on hand to help them celebrate their new business.
The two aren’t new to business, so adding this one is another arm of their growing business group, noted Bill. Brittain agreed, adding that they had been looking at the wonderful old service station building for some time.
The building, built around the late-20s; early-30s or so, has been a Cherryville icon and stopover gossip spot for many older folks who would come by and chat as their cars got gassed up or their tires rotated or their oil changed by Maurice Seate and his wife, who owned and operated the shop for a number of years before his retirement a few years back.
On Friday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 a.m., with a quick snip of the big red shears, the ribbon was cut by two young ladies whose skills with the big scissors boded far better than many adults, noted Chamber VP Mary Beth Tackett.
Mayor H.L. Beam welcomed Brittain and Stroupe to downtown Cherryville on behalf of the City, wishing them the best of success, adding that if there was anything the City could do for them, they had but to ask.
“The City is behind you,” said Mayor Beam.
Chamber Chairman Pete Craft agreed, adding how he and the Chamber appreciated the tow bringing their business to Main Street.
“Of course, you all know what an icon this corner of Main Street is to all Cherryville!” said Pete. “To see it revamped and going again is a pleasure. We at the Chamber and the City like to see business growing in our town.”
Steve Panton, also with the Cherryville Chamber and the Cherryville Main Street Program, said, “This is an awesome moment! I have watched the transformation and it was amazing! Thank you for what you do and we wish you both the best of luck.”
Bill Stroupe thanked everyone, then said, “We appreciate you all letting us come here.”
Stroupe continued, “I have always loved this building, and I have been working with cars since I was out of high school. Kelvin and I own R&M Motors Tire & Auto on Dallas – Cherryville Highway, so this was a natural move for us to expand over here.”
The business will do only what the name implies – tire and lube work, with state inspections as well. They won’t sell any gas, however, said Kelvin.
Brittain noted it took them six months to get the necessary work done on the building due to inclement weather hampering them.
“It held us up some,” he said.
In closing, Kelvin said, “We had been talking about trying to get this building for years. We’ve always wanted to open up a second place, so here we are!”