Cruz Bay got its second gas station back over the weekend after E&C Service Station reopened from being closed several months. Originally, the shuttering was for replacement of underground storage tanks but then with word O’Connor’s would be closing permanently to make room for construction of a roundabout, E&C’s owners decided to expand from four gasoline pumps to six.
E&C also decided to change its way of doing business. It’s now pump-it-yourself. While attendants pumping your gas went out of favor in the states decades ago, it was the way of doing business on island. With E&C now offering self service, this island tradition is near an end. Odds are O’Connor’s will continue attendant pumping until it closes this summer.