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Washington Oil is a Houlka landmark located at the corner of Main Street and U.S. Highway 32.
Gary Washington has been fixing flats, selling tires and offering oil changes for 14 years and is proud of the customer base he has built and the reputation for good work at a reasonable price.
“I’m a one-person shop and if someone doesn’t like my work, it’s my fault,” said Washington. “I tell my customers if they are not satisfied with my work they need to let me know.”
Washington joked and said being the business secretary, bookkeeper and janitor makes him take a little more pride in his work.
“I know just about everyone that walks in the door and you would be surprised to find out I have people come from Houston, Okolona, Vardaman and Bruce to do business with me,” said Washington. “I always do the best I can and people know it.”
Washington sells all types of tires and a wide variety of brands for both cars and trucks. He offers a broad range of oil filters and sells his oil at competitive rates.
“I just ask people to try me first,” said Washington. “If you can find a better price, maybe you should take it.”
But Washington Oil is also more than just a tire and oil changing station.
“We have the coldest cokes in town and I’ve fixed my icebox to be that way,” said Washington. “We also sell snacks and can be the perfect place to start or end your day.”
And Washington said he has his regular customers who come in every day just to visit.
“People tell me all the time if they want to know if something is true, they come up here and ask me,” said Washington. “We hear it all, forget most of it and try to keep up with who has died, who is selling something and what’s going on in town.
“I love this town and want the best for it and the people in it,” said Washington. “I’m a hometown business and I work hard to keep your business here.”
Local Focus is a regular business feature of the Chickasaw Journal. Locally owned businesses wanting to be included in Local Focus should call the Chickasaw Journal at 456-3771.