The Watson Brothers, Marvin (L) and James (R)
STARTED FROM THE GROUND
The brothers started their multi-location businesses with a cinderblock and wood building in White Mills in 1968. The men report it took them six months to get the service station building up which they built by themselves. By 1969, the brothers expanded and added another service/gas station, the Sunoco station in Hawley. And, in 1970, they added the Sunoco station that was located next to Turkey Hill in Honesdale. Then, in 1976, they started the car wash west of Hawley on Route 6. In 1979 they added extra garage space and a grocery store/deli to the White Mills location.
James and Marvin then decided that they would consolidate the business and run just the garage/grocery store in White Mills and the car wash in Hawley.
Today, the White Mills location offers convenience items, such as soda, cigarettes and hot lunch items in the grocery/deli section, while the automotive repair center offers the standard services with computerized four-wheel balancing, computer analyzed tune-ups, and some body repair. At the Hawley car wash, there are two self-service high pressure bays, a large bay for trucks, buses and boats, an automatic bay with a Ryco rollover to wash cars, trucks and vans, four high-volume vacuums and a vending house for cleaning products. Also available are motor cleaning and a detail shop that can wax and clean interiors by appointment.
In addition to a small engine repair service at the Hawley location, the brothers also sell commercial and residential lawn mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers, log splitters, snow blowers, golf carts, dune buggies, go karts, power equipment and other items that provide the convenience of their business tag line: “Your One Stop Shopping in the Poconos.”
Over the years, the business has grown, as did the family. Today, James and Marvin Watson are assisted in the running of the businesses by their children and a few other employees. The White Mills automotive repair center is run by Marvin along with James’s son, Jimmy, and Charlie Rollison. The store/deli is managed by Marvin’s daughter, Michelle. The Hawley location is managed by James who is assisted by Marvin’s son, Scott.