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The car wash was also always busy as the dual washing bays often ha line-ups during hot summer days ass people filed in ready to wash their cars. There were often fundraisers that took place on the site as well.
The Esso station was, for many residents and visitors, the only place to get gas in Knowlton and many of them were faithfull to the gas station and wouldn't gas up anywhere else. Even though the roadside sign rarely ever showed the price of gas (some say this is because the price was always higher) it was always busy and Knowltonites were simply being neighbourly by always buying their gas there.
Visitors were often buying maps and a cold drink and asking for directions from the staff and they always had a reputation as being friendly with a good sense of humour, important traits with the cost of gas these days!
All we can say now is: Tanks for the memories!
Residents were taken aback that the announcement came as a single line of unilingual French text in the Tempo that the station would be closing. Some people who had just heard the news were feeling a little bitter.
"After so many years in business and having so many loyal customers it's pretty sad that there is not any form of expresion of gratitude or thanks to those of us who bought gas here," One woman said, "and it shows a bit of a lack of any sense of gratefullness to the community! Of course businessess will come and go and people have to move on but a simple note to us regulars would be nice...not a one liner in the newspaper saying "we're shutting down"...period."!"
Another man agreed, feeling that the Esso station had just been waiting to close the door and move on and owed nothing to Knowlton. "I've been coming here for years and to read about the closing in a newspaper and only in French?! It's just par for the course for some of these business people" he added, saying he'll now get his gas at the Depanneur Rouge instead.
Looks like the Boyscouts and Girlguides will be making alot more money on car washes in the near future!