This year, Riechers Tire and Auto is proud to be celebrating 80 years of successful business. It all began in October 1939, when Fred and Anna Riechers opened Riechers Service Station in South Point on Hwy. 100, just east of Washington. Tires were patched for 25¢, and all the work was done outside, even the oil changes. Gas prices were between 12¢ and 15¢ per gallon, and you could buy a bottle of soda for 5¢.
After World War II, Fred’s son Roy became involved in the operation. There was not enough business for both of them to make a living, so Roy started a fuel, oil and gasoline tank wagon business. In 1947, Roy and Verna bought the station when Fred retired. In 1962, Roy built an automatic car wash across the street which was one of the first in the metro area.
Roy’s son Gary worked at the station during high school and also during the summers when he was in college. Roy retired in 1977 and then Gary and Marilyn purchased the business. In 1985, they bought Ken Holtmeyer’s station at 1000 East Fifth Street and in 1987 the business at South Point was closed.
On February 8, 1993 we opened at 510 Madison Avenue. Riechers Shell was converted into a convenience store in July of 1993. In March of 1999, the convenience store was leased. Then, on June 22, 2009, our second location was opened at 4710 South Point Road. Currently, Matt and Kevin, the fourth generation, are involved in the operation. Matt manages the South Point shop, and Kevin the shop at Madison Avenue. In the past few years, the business has been featured in regional and national publications, noting the history of the business, the new building, and efforts to maintain the same quality tire and automotive repairs.
As we celebrate 80 years, we reflect on the changes that have occurred over the years, “From our start in the gasoline business and tires, we have expanded both in terms of our facilities and the depth of automotive services and repairs we provide. At both of our shops, there isn’t a whole lot that we can’t do. We are constantly trying to change with the times and keep up so we can keep bringing the Washington area the same service we have for the past 80 years.”
After 80 years, our family would like to thank the dedicated employees and the loyal customers we have been fortunate to have.