So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for?fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Caf?, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
The professional staff at Algonquin Auto Wash & Detail recaptures vehicles' lost beauty with the help of Meguiar's wax, paint buffers, and shampoo. Amongst a menu of wash packages are à la carte flourishes of Simoniz tire shines, Rain-X body shields, and clay-bar treatments, which add extra luster to vehicles' features. Technicians also perform engine details and paint restorations for rides that have accumulated dirt over the years or whose protective tarps followed their dreams to shield baseball diamonds during rain delays.
One day in 1946, Bob Fuller returned home from military service to resume civilian life. By the time the sun had set, he was a business owner. The original location of Fuller's Carwash & Detail Centers, which he claimed with a handshake and a hip twist on that day more than 60 years ago, now serves as the flagship shop, the anchor for a business that has branched out to 11 more locations. Seven days a week, washers lavish cars with soap and special treatment, and detailing services help cars to rediscover their showroom shines. Some locations offer lube and auto centers, with staff technicians ready to remedy mechanical problems and translate esoteric owners' manuals, and convenience stores that stock snacks for drivers and fuel to keep their vehicles humming along as happily as The Little Engine That Couldn't, But Still Stayed Optimistic.
Mike Haggerty Volkswagen's factory-trained technicians service vehicles of all makes and models with up to five quarts of conventional or synthetic oils. During the 30–45 minute service, mechanics reach under the car and drain the old, contaminated oil, sending it away to be recycled or turned back into dinosaurs. Although both regular and synthetic oil slide through the engine equally determined to lubricate and protect, the latter bulks up cars with fluids of a higher caliber designed to outlast conventional oil. The Haggerty family's history in the transportation industry reaches back to 1896, when paterfamilias John Patrick Haggerty started a livery company on the South Side.
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