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Jansky’s celebrates 40 years
The J.V. Jansky Texaco station in the 1950s was owned by Lawrence Jansky’s father, Joe. Joe later sold the station, which was in turn purchased by his son, Lawrence, in 1972.
Wilson County NewsMay 30, 2012 3,086 views 2 comments
POTH -- Sometimes, your life’s work finds you early in life.
Lawrence Jansky pumped his first tank of gas when he was only 6 years old -- for Melvin Reinhard’s 1956 Ford, with the gas tank behind the license plate. That was 1957, and Jansky has been filling tanks almost ever since. On June 1, he will celebrate 40 years in business.
The owner of L. Jansky’s Service Center on North Storts in Poth started working every day after school when he was 13 at Warnken Motors. His love and passion for customer service, care, and community involvement have been a lifelong influence, standing him in good stead with his own business, established in 1972.
“This is a family business,” said Angela Alexander, Lawrence’s daughter. She manages the office at Jansky’s, where everyone knows everyone, and customer service is a priority. “Lawrence is dedicated to providing the community with high-quality customer service. We make every attempt to treat each of our customers like family -- being honest, respectful, and helpful when it comes to car care, maintenance, service, and support.
Lawrence was born in Floresville in 1951. A 1969 graduate of Poth High School, he is married to the former Mary Ann Zimmerman. They have four children: Jacqueline “Jackie,” Lawrence Jr. “Larry,” Angela, and Tiffany. Lawrence and Mary Ann are the proud grandparents of Tenley, Kate, Magdalyn, Isabella, and Dominik.
His dedication to service comes from years of experience. Lawrence worked for his dad, Joe Jansky, at Warnken Motors after school as a teenager, then worked for LeeRoy Reininger Texaco for six years, until he was 21. In 1972, he bought the service station from Reininger, and began his own business history.
Of course, he’s seen many changes since 1972. Gas isn’t what it used to be, and neither are the prices. No one had ever heard of unleaded gas in the ’70s, and a gallon of regular gas at Jansky’s then sold for 28.9 cents, with premium going for 32.9 cents per gallon. The most a gallon of regular unleaded has sold for at Jansky’s was $4.58 in 2008; premium unleaded was selling for $4.99 at the time. Current prices are about $3.46 for regular unleaded.
Lawrence carries a range of products, including Shamrock branded gasoline and diesel, new and used tires, Interstate and Continental batteries, and a variety of automotive products. He offers tire repairs, rotation, and balancing; oil and filter changes; and grease jobs. Prices vary by service and product.
What makes L. Jansky’s Service Center different, the family says, is the atmosphere. Each customer is greeted as they come through the door. And Lawrence has a great ability to deal with people.
“I love dealing with and meeting people,” he said, speaking about what he enjoys most about being in business. “It’s second nature to us.”
The most difficult part of running the business, he said, is finding dedicated employees.
It’s apparent he’s done something right, because customers keep coming back.
Felix Biela of Floresville and his wife are lifelong customers, and Bill Millikin of Floresville has been taking his business to Jansky’s “... as long as he’s been in business,” Millikin said on a recent visit.
In addition to running his business, Lawrence has found time to serve as the Poth Volunteer Fire Department chief, belong to the Knights of Columbus, and help maintain the cemetery.
He found his niche early. Lawrence’s brand of down-home, high-quality, respectful, honest service has kept him in business for 40 years. It seems folks like taking their business where everybody knows your name.
“Thank you for the past 40 years,” Lawrence said. “We’ve appreciated your support with sticking with us through the years.”
A full-service gas station, L. Jansky’s Service Center is located at 716 N. Storts St. in Poth. Hours are 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call 830-484-3723 or drop by for a visit.
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