Bay to Say, ‘So Long, Burns Auto’


Rick Burns packs up shop

Rick Burns started working at Burns 76, at the corner of Wolf and Dover Center Roads in Bay Village, in 1986.

Now, 31 years later, Rick is moving into a new phase in his life. The tried and true service station will be taken over by Vivid Jewelers and Rick is packing up his tools.

“In 1986, gas was 79 cents a gallon. We offered full service at the pumps. We would fill your tank with gas, wash your windows and check under the hood,” recalls Rick. “If you were down a quart of oil we would put it in for you. After your tank was full we would also check the air in your tires.”

Even today, you can still get that same old fashioned service at Burns. Just pull-up to the air hose and they will be happy to check your tire pressure and oil level, rain or shine!

Back in 1986, Rick’s dad, Rich Burns, was owner and Master Mechanic. “It was great to work and learn how to fix cars from my Dad. Not many people get to work with their father. It was an honor,” said Rick. “He taught me to show up every day and work hard. I try to pass down that tradition to our employees and new mechanics.”

“A lot of my customers are like family. I’ve worked on the parents cars and now the children’s cars (some I remember when they first came in car seats). Today, they are driving their own cars. Thank you to all our customers over the years and best wishes for 2016 and next year, too,” says Rick. “Health & Prosperity to all.”

Rick will be there for a little while longer while details of the sale are finalized. If you need any last minute work from a trusted mechanic, get there fast!

Editor’s Note – Burns Auto first opened in 1971 in Parma Heights (Pearl & 130th) under the ownership of Rich Burns. The family added 3 more stations – 2 in Middleburg Heights and one in Cleveland and pumped gas for Mobil. In 1986 Burns, downsized to one single location at Wolf and Dover in Bay Village.

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