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Monday, 09 March 2020 18:15

Gurreri Motors: Longtime York Garage Soon to Close

Written by Joan Concilio, York Daily Record
Joe Gurreri shared this photo of some of the mechanics at O.K. Service Garage, in the former AAA building at 116 E. Market St. The service area was on the second floor, and a car elevator took cars up for service. Joe's uncle Nick Gurreri is at left; next to him is another of Joe's uncles and Nick's brother, Bernie. The one in the white shirt is Joe's namesake, his uncle Joe, another Gurreri brother. Joe Gurreri shared this photo of some of the mechanics at O.K. Service Garage, in the former AAA building at 116 E. Market St. The service area was on the second floor, and a car elevator took cars up for service. Joe's uncle Nick Gurreri is at left; next to him is another of Joe's uncles and Nick's brother, Bernie. The one in the white shirt is Joe's namesake, his uncle Joe, another Gurreri brother. Joe Gurerri

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When I wrote seeking memories of local service stations last fall, I had no idea how many I’d receive. I’ve been sharing them here and there, but today, I have a special one to focus on.

This information came to me from Joe Gurreri of York. 
 
“My family has been in the automotive business in York City for over 80 years," Joe wrote. "I own and operate Gurreri Motors Auto Service at 100 E. Princess St. in the Royal Square District of downtown York.”
 
“My father, William A. Gurreri, started G.I. Service Garage in 1952 at North Duke Street and Gas Avenue," Joe wrote. "In the early 1960s, (it moved) to 1225 N. George St. and then 1018 E. Princess St. 
 
"In the early 1970s, he bought a large garage at 147 S. Newberry St. at Princess Street. Unfortunately, in 1972, Hurricane Agnes came along and totally wiped out the contents of the building. 
 
"He did reopen at that location for a short time until York City Redevelopment bought him and most of the area out and tore his building down. It is still an empty lot. 
 
"He then bought 600 W. Market St. (now Miles Muffler) and named his new garage Gurreri Motors, which had auto sales and service including an auto body shop and gas pumps.”
 
Joe noted this Gurreri Motors location was where he started his auto career. His dad, he said, opened at the E. Princess Street location where the business is now in 1980, and Joe bought it in 1985.
 
Joe had a number of photos and cool stories about his family’s history to share, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start with one of the most important points: He wrote to me again a couple of weeks ago and told me that he is retiring and will be closing Gurreri Motors at 100 E. Princess St.
 
I received his email only a day or two before I found out Tom’s in Dover had just closed. 
 
While that was no longer a service station, it sat at the location of my family’s longtime service station, Ralph’s Exxon, run by Ralph Glatfelter for many years. 
 
Hearing about that closure reminded me of Ralph, and then hearing that Joe was retiring made me realize how important it is that I keep collecting these stories!
 
Joe was able to give me even more of his family’s mechanical history. 

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