SHERIDAN — For Jamie Klinker, putting in long hours at the Sheridan gas station/convenience store she co-owns with her mother, Mary Anna Klinker, is an old, comfortable habit. She has, after all, been involved with the store for the past 30 years.
Located on the corner of M-57 and M-66, the store has served the area for decades and been a landmark for generations. For most residents living in the area, the station has been there in one form or another their wholes lives.
This month Klinker will be celebrating three decades at the same location by raffling off gas cards and other prizes to her regular patrons. Anyone who purchases six or more gallons of gas may fill out a form and enter the raffle.
“We’ve been a family-owned business and just want to let the public know we’ve been in business for 30 years,” Klinker said. “My mom and I started it, but now she’s semi-retired; she mostly stays home and does the books and computer work.”
Klinker says the station has seen a lot of changes over the years, not all of them positive. The economic climate following the closing of the Electrolux factory in Greenville, for instance, made for some tough times.
“That really put a damper on some things,” Klinker said. “But we’re slowly getting things back together. More people are getting back to work and are out and about.”
In addition to gas, Klinker’s offers the usual convenience store fare, along with a few extras, such as pizza.
However, many Klinker’s regulars come back time and again not so much for the products as for the company. The cozy store has a comfortable, hometown feel too often lacking in many of the large chain stores. That, and the location’s longevity, are the strengths Klinker’s plays to.
“We are a friendly kind of place,” Klinker said. “And we’ve been here on this corner for a lot of years.”