‘Time for a change’

May 14, 2009

John Dorroh - traveler2@cableone.net


There might be some truth to the adage that you can''t teach old dogs new tricks, but you can give an old dog a new bed. And he will appreciate it. 


Such is the case with Lisa and Andy Atkins, co-owners of A&W Service Center, which is the new version of Woods Chevron. For the last 14 years, area motorists have trusted Jimmy Woods and son-in-law Andy Atkins to take care of their auto ills. They took care of local law enforcement fleets, commercial accounts, as well as local drivers. 


"We decided to see how things will be for our business further up Highway 45," said Atkins. "It was time for a change." 


Jimmy Woods, Lisa''s father, will still be around, serving as silent partner.  


Atkins has been a mechanic at Woods Chevron since it opened its doors. 


"I''ve always been a mechanic," said Atkins. "I worked for H&H Imports first, then for Stokes on Highway 182 East, then over to Woods Chevron. I''ve been there ever since." 




Typical day 


"There is not a typical day," said Atkins. "On rainy days we replace a lot of windshield wipers, and when it''s in the 90s, we have calls for air-conditioning problems out our ears. Other than that, a typical day really doesn''t exist." 


A&W will be able to take care of most of your automobile needs, foreign and domestic. Here''s a list of services that they offer: 




"We will not sell gasoline," said Lisa Atkins. "This means less overhead for us, and we can better serve you." 


Besides Andy Atkins there is one other full-time mechanic, David M. Jackson. With two mechanics on duty and no gas to pump, A&W will be able to get your automobile in and out as quickly as possible. 


The new business is located at 1605 Highway 45 North, next to Miller OK Tires, directly across from Cadence bank. 


"Look for the sign Miller Truck & Accessories Pro-Coat," said Lisa. "We are so new that the sign has not been changed yet."  




John Dorroh is a semi-retired high school science teacher, who writes a business column for The Dispatch. E-mail John with your business news or column ideas at traveler2@cableone.net. 


John Dorroh is a semi-retired high school science teacher, who writes a business column for The Dispatch.