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Crestline Shell station will likely close at the end of July

The Crestline Shell station. Source: WBRC video The Crestline Shell station. Source: WBRC video
Jack King, owner of the Crestline Shell station. Source: WBRC video Jack King, owner of the Crestline Shell station. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

At first glance, the Shell at Crestline Village may look like a typical gas station, but for folks like Ernie Gerontakis who've been pulling into the lot for decades, it's so much more.

"They've been here for so long, this is like a community. I broke down one day. They came and fixed my tire out of the blue, and were even nice enough to even follow me back," added Gerontakis.

The full service station has been in Jack King's family for close to 40 years. He still remembers his first day on the job.

"I started working here part time. I didn't know the slightest thing about cars. I didn't even know how to pump my own gas," added King.

Over the years, what started as a family-run business, turned into a staple in the Crestline community. That's why King says letting go of his shop will be tough.

"I lease the property from a local oil company. The property has come up for sale," explained King.

The property's owner is giving King first dibs on the land, but, he doesn't have the money to make the buy.

"To my understanding that it's going to be sold as another retail, anything other than a service spot," King said.

"I think it takes away from the area. I think you need something like this in this area for it to survive. You need people like this because like I said it's a community," added Gerontakis.

But King says he's running out of time, and thinks closing up shop is looking more and more like his only option.

"It will not be easy to move on and not take care of everyone," King said.

King is still exploring his options, but if nothing changes in the near future, he will close the doors at the end of July.

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