At least two of the businesses closed due to the owner’s retirement.
Customers of Main Street Chevron found a notice on the door the business was closed August 1 and was on the market for sale. Frankie Phillips, who has operated the station since June of 2004 would not comment on the closing.
The station had been owned by Earl Carr prior to his retirement after 41 years of operation the only full service gas station in Trigg County. At the time of his retirement, Carr noted that “I have been in business 41 years. I’m going to the farm.”
When he first opened, he was the youngest full service station owner in Trigg County.
“Everything will be the same,” Carr said at the time, “I am just getting worn out.”
Phillips, a member of the Cadiz City Council, worked at the station as a mechanic prior to taking over its operation.
Prices at the station have typically been higher than other self-service stations and on the day it was closed, the pumps indicated prices were almost 20 cents per gallon higher as compared to other stations.
In 1959, when Carr first began his business, gas was around 50 cents per gallon.
Paula Anderson, former owner of Paragon Pizza, said she had decided to close her business after 15 years of serving up pizza and sandwiches to the community.
Read more of the three businesses in The Cadiz Record.