LAURINBURG — Those driving down Atkinson and Church streets got a surprise on Tuesday as Laurinburg icon Danny’s Auto were getting the gas pumps removed.
The business has been open since 1973, which locals know as Danny’s 66 and Coulter’s, and has been a service station offering gas and auto-repairs since the beginning. It was four years ago the service station stopped selling gas, but the pumps stayed outside the building as they continued working as an auto repair and U-Haul rental site.
According to owner Danny Coulter, he still had to pay a fee to the Environmental Protection Agency for having the pumps whether or not the pumps had gas in them or not.
“We do just as well with mechanical as we did with gas,” Coulter said. “You would only make around three to four cents per gallon sold. Plus you had to pay fees as well as keeping up the pumps. It’s a lot of money to maintain a gas station.”
Another reason for removing the pumps, besides saving money, was for environmental reasons. The soil around the gas station has is clean and shows no signs of any contamination from the years of gas.
On average around 1,500 liters of gasoline are spilled at a typical gas station each decade, which can lead to contamination of soil and water around said stations.
“We’ve gotten the soil tested and we’re lucky that it’s not contaminated it makes it easier,” Coulter said. “On top of it if something happens and we have to sell the next owners won’t have anything to worry about.”
Coulter said that Quality Oil out of Rockingham has been helping with the process of taking the pumps out.
“We’ve always been a service station and repair shop,” Coulter said. “But we’re just doing mechanical and U-Haul.”
Danny’s Auto specializes in tires, batteries, brakes, oil changes, state inspections, and hitches as well as the U-Haul rentals. The shop is located at 201 West Church St. and the hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and to make an appointment call 910-276-8868.
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