Lube shop gets new owner, set to reopen

MARIETTA – The end of December saw the closure of Pike Street business Motorcare Oil and Lubrication Center but there will soon be a similar business operating there again.

Edith Taulbee, 67, of Portsmouth, closed on the property Friday.

Motorcare’s name will change to Pike Street Lightning Lube, with new signs going up sometime on Wednesday. Taulbee said she expects the new business to be open at the end of this week.

“It’ll be open closer to Thursday or Friday,” she said. “We’re hoping to be open Thursday, if everyone gets here to do their work.”

Taulbee said she would be on location today, working to get things cleaned up and in order. She welcomed anyone seeking employment to stop by. She said one Motorcare employee is making the transfer over to work for her, and she would welcome more.

“I would certainly give them a chance,” she said. “I don’t like to lose my job and I’m certain they didn’t like to lose their jobs. The opportunity is certainly here.”

Taulbee has operated a similar business in Portsmouth for around 25 years – Findlay Street Lightning Lube.

According to Century 21 realtor Charlie McGrath, Motorcare has also been in operation since the late 1980s.

“It was originally a Quaker State,” said Larry Shears, of Marietta, who serves as a territory manager for Englefield Oil and will be distributing oil for the new center.

Most things will stay the same for customers, says the new owner.

“Within a year, we’ll be doing other things,” Taulbee said.

That will include special discounts throughout the week.

Mondays will be Senior Citizen Days for those 65 and older. Wednesdays will be Ladies Days and Thursdays will be Gentlemen Days. On each of those days, customers will see a 5 percent discount on full service. On those same days, college students and hospital employees will also receive 5 percent discount, but they must have valid identification.

Another difference will be the hours employees work.

Motorcare employees worked 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. In the new business, employees will most likely work 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Taulbee said the extra 30 minutes on weekdays will help to accommodate those who are working until 5 p.m.

“I want to be available (to customers),” she said.

McGrath added that the business would be beneficial to those seeking a quick oil change.

“She wants to get them in and out,” he said. “Time is valuable… I just want to help Edith get off to a good start. That’s important. She has such a good reputation in Portsmouth, we want that to carry over to here.”

Taulbee said there are no definite prices yet, but that they would be comparable to rates seen with Motorcare.

McGrath said Taulbee is dedicated to making service at the new facility better than before.

“She’s going to improve what was already quality service,” he said, adding, “Edith’s high energy.”