After remaining dormant for about 23 to 24 years, people traveling through Munson will be able to stop somewhere close to purchase a soda, snacks, sandwiches and more.
They can also get an oil change.
April 30 marked the grand opening of the Munson Corner Store and Munson Auto Body and Collision Repair shop. Owner Shawn Wilkinson calls it a “one-stop shop” for all vehicle and convenience needs.
On the automotive side, Wilkinson said it will be a “full mechanical” shop and “after-market showroom,” including after-market parts, lift kits, custom paint work, rust repair, engine and transmission repair.
On the convenience store side, Wilkinson currently sells hoagies, sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, milk shakes, and everything else that you might expect at a small store.
“It’s a full convenience store,” Wilkinson said. “The sandwiches are made-to-order, too. So if someone comes in and wants a specially-made one, we make it right there.”
Wilkinson said the store had been in his family for its entire duration, with his uncle Jim Moslak owning it before his father Jack took over. About two years ago, Jack passed away, and Wilkinson toyed around with the idea of reopening the store.
“I started cleaning everything up out of here and I thought maybe I could get into the mechanical (side of business),” Wilkinson said. “I’ve done mechanical work for years with auto body and specialized painting — so I thought I could get something going here on my own.
“That’s when I thought about my dad. He always had thoughts about opening up (again), so I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to do it.’ And I started and it just carried on from there,” Wilkinson added.
The corner store is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The auto shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Wilkinson said he has hired mechanics on the automotive side, but he has his wife, Amanda, and family helping out on the storefront. His mother, Shirley, came over Saturday to check things out and to help.
For the time being, food items are take-out, and there is a patio/deck outside for those wanting to sit and eat ice cream. Eventually, Wilkinson would like to expand.
“My plans for down the road are maybe adding on to a hoagie and bottle shop,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson said is very happy to get things going, and he’s been very pleased with the support of others.
“We’re excited and the community is excited to have something brought back into the area after so long,” Wilkinson mentioned.
Wilkinson said both the store and the auto shop have the same phone number at 343-6893. That number can also be used to order food ahead of time. You can also call Wilkinson’s cell at 553-0264.
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