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End Of Full Service Era For Area Gas Station

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - The Hollin Hall Automotive Service Center on Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria may be the last totally full service station in the area. But rising gas prices have forced owner Tom Harvey to finally do what most of the other service stations did by the 1980s: get rid of the full service.

After 51 years of offering full service, including pumping the gas, checking your oil,  and washing your windshield, it's all coming to end on Monday, April 16.

"It's very sad, but I'll still come here," said loyal customer Dorothy Fotis. "You come in and they check your oil and do your windows. Nobody does that anymore. But everything has to come to an end. I think it's the last one, " said Fotis.

General manager Marc Bentlin says the station has been losing money selling gasoline because with the higher prices, credit card costs and taxes go up as well. He said the decision wasn't easy, but it became a necessary just to stay in business.

The owner says they will still serve for free those who physically can't do it, and will even teach those who have never learned how to pump gas.