Bob’s Downtown Conoco gets new owners
Steamboat Springs — Bob’s Downtown Conoco, a Lincoln Avenue fixture for nearly four decades, is changing hands.
Owner Bob Logan and his wife, Mary Jane Logan, sold the real estate for the business for $1.2 million this week to Brian Olson, who plans to continue operating the business as is after Logan retires early in December.
A separate purchase agreement was reached for the business itself, which will soon be run by new operating manager Brady Wettlaufer, who has a background in auto maintenance and is Olson’s business partner and new co-owner of the downtown service station.
Logan, who purchased the station in 1977, said Wednesday he is happy the business will continue operating after his retirement.
“We’re very happy two local men decided to take the plunge and get in here,” Logan said.
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Bob’s six full-time employees plan to stay with the company, Logan said.
“They’re all on board and willing to stay employed as his employees and do the same service and work they’ve grown accustomed to,” Logan said.
Olson, who has a background in commercial real estate and development, was the listing agent for the property when it went on the market last October. After several months without finding a buyer, Olson realized he, himself, had an interest in purchasing the property and running it with Wettlaufer.
“I’ve looked at it for a long time and realized it was a great business with a lot of great people,” Olson said. “I look forward to continuing it.”
Olson said that, though he has developed properties in the past, he has no plans to change the current operation of the service station.
“We totally want to leave it as is,” Olson said. “The guys that work there are so awesome. I bought (Bob’s) because of what it is and not what it could be as a development.”
Logan said he remembers buying the station and arriving for his first day of work at 6:30 a.m. May 19, 1977, a bit more than 38 years ago.
At the time, Bob’s station was one of nine downtown gas stations. It outlasted all others and was the only station downtown between late 2006 and 2009, before Space Station reopened on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.
“We’ve come a long way,” Logan said. “Hopefully, the community looks at (the new owners) and treats them the way they looked at me 38 years ago.”
Through the years, Logan said, he’s acted as mechanic to three generations of some local families, working on the cars of parents, children and grandchildren.
“That is irreplaceable and something I’ll always remember,” he said.
Logan said he was grateful to the community for the business he’s received throughout the years.
“I have to thank the community,” Logan said. “I am so grateful that our customers trust us, and our customers have embraced us. Our integrity is there, and we’re proud of that.”
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