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50 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 The Rehoboth Shell Station is no longer accepting vehicles for repairs and servicing; as the former operator, Marty Gillions, departed at the end of last year. The facility is. ex- pected to be transformed into a convenience store with gas pumps; the public can still get their gas there now. Rehoboth Shell no longer performing vehicle repairs By Trish Vernon Marty Gillions, who has operat- ed the Rehoboth Shell Station on Route 1 for 16 years, has taken his ready smile and automotive knowledge back to his home in West Virginia. All that remains of the once bustling filling station and repair service are the gasoline pumps. Owner Allen Petroleum of Seaford plans to open a conve- nience store, Rehoboth Shell Mart. on the site just south of the bridge to Dewey Beach. and the pumps remain open for gasoline service. "I just want to thank all of my valued customers and apologize for leaving on such short notice without explanation," Gillions said in a phone conversation from West Virginia. Gillions explained that his lease expired at the end of December and the owners wanted to increase the rent (which was $800 a month when he first took over the opera- tion from the late Jack Holland in 1982) to more than $40,000 a year. "This is still a resort area with about the same amount of busi- ness as there was back then, and yel I had to pay $30,000 more. The rent's been getting out of hand for the past four or five years and basically, I couldn't make a living and the owners indicated they wanted to open a conve- nience store there," Gitlions con- tinued. Gillions, who employed four to five people year-round and an ad- ditional two or three in the sum- mer, noted that the ever-tightening Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations call- ing for various upgrades must be passed on to the consumer, leav- ing little margin for profit. The cost of electricity in run- ning the sophisticated gas pumps also eats away at any profit Gillion may have received. With a convenience store, on the other hand, a customer will usually purchase something in ad- dition to the gasoline, even if it's just a cup of coffee, and that's where the profit can be made. Many loyal customers are al- ready feeling the void left by Gillions' departure, as they search for another place to take their ve- hicles for minor and major servic- ing. The Shell was also over the years a "hang out" for older men who liked to trade stories and watch the world go by from their chairs in the waiting room. One such familiar figure was the late Percy Burton, who operated the station for years. "People were good to me and I really appreciate that I'll be missed," Gillions said, even though the weekly commute from West Virginia was beginning to wear thin as the years passed. When he first arrived in Re- hoboth Beach he had moved from the Washington, D.C., area and planned to make money in the summer and "kick back" else- where irl the winter. During the off-season he estab- lished his West Virginia domicile, but found that he needed to spend at least four days in Rehoboth to oversee the operation on a year- round basis. Gillions said he is now em- ployed by someone else in the au- tomotive field, but has plans to strike out again on his own in the future. Atlantic Sands Continued from page 49 tomer service and value," Acker- man added. The new look is just a part of a cials and improved summer pro- grams." The Atlantic Sands Hotel will be open and fully operational throughout the construction pro- ject, with an estimated $200,000 spent in renovations in 1997, and BR$1100T ' COMPANY Are You Tired O_f High Monthly Mortgage Payments? Would You Like to Consolidate Your Debt? Refinance Now & Savell 30 Year Fixed Rates As Low As 6.375% 15 Year Rates As Low As 5.875% Free Consultations Available!! .. No. Application Fee! Closing CostS Can Be Financed In The Loan Amountl !I For More information Please Contact: Drew Hunter Woodall, Jr. Senior Loan Officer (302) 227-9426 Days or Evenings 7 Days a Week P.O. BOX 474 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Rehoboth Bay , Community Our community is located from Route 1, west on Old Landing Road (Route 274). Travel 2.6 miles to Rehoboth Bay Community on the left after Old Land- ing Go If Course. - SALE OFFICE HOURS - Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sun. 10 - 4 p.m. - LEASED GROUND RENT INCLUDES TRASH PICK-UP AND WATER. - A- 26 1971 RITZCRAFT 12X65 2 bedrooms, 2baths. Oil heat and gas cooking. Central aiiK 12x20 enclLosed porch. 6.x6 shed. Purchase price Of $30,000. B - 17 1965 ROYCRAFT 55X10 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Gas cooking and microwave. Decks front and back. Win- dow A/C. Large add on room. Fur- nished. Purchase price of $18,500. B - 32 1972 RITZCRAFT 12X60 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Large addition and screened porch. Gas heat and cooking. Furnished'. Purchase price of $28,900. E - 47 1978 SCHULT 14X70 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Within walking dis- tance to marina. Swimming pool and tennis courts. W/D and window A/C. Needs some TLC. Unfurnished. Purchase price of $18,000. F - 17 1980 MARSHFIELD 14X60 :2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Gas heat and cook- hag. C/A, W/D, 8x10 shed. Furnished. Purchase price of $39,900. F - 38 1983 MARSHFIELD 14X70 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. C/A, W/D, Furnished. Great Attached deck and an 8x10 shed. Price reduced to $30,900. F - 51 1980 MARSHFIELD 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. A/C, W/D, 10x20 deck. 12x16 shed. Partially furnished. Sit- uated on a large corner lot. Purchase price of $39,900. G - 25 1987 SKYLINE 14X70 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, gas heat and cook- ing. C/A, W/D. Large screened porch. Partially furnished. Shows like a new model. Shed. Purchase price of $33,000. M - 2 1982 WESTGATE 14X70 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. W/D, A/C. Log burning fireplace never used. 12x14 deck. Purchase price of $29,900. 302-227-3745 800-345-7264 A Hudson Family Community ..... whole new operation, as we are another $250,000 projected in offering exciting packages, spe- 1998. [[ Subscribe to the Cape Gazette... call 645-7700. l