ST. GEORGE – The St. George Chamber of Commerce, Dixie Sunshiners, local businesses and community members gathered at the River Road Jiffy Lube, 1393 S. River Road in St. George, in the Boulder Creek Commons retail development, to welcome the new quick lube to the community with an official ribbon-cutting.
Co-owners Kelly Kent, Kelly Thompson and Matt Johnson, who together have more than 60 years of experience in the quick lube industry, were on hand for the ceremony; their wives, Connie Kent, Kirsten Thompson and Lisa Johnson, had the honor of cutting the ribbon.
“We are thrilled,” Kelly Kent said of the new location. “It is so nice.”
Despite initial environmental and aesthetic concerns from members of the community regarding the new Jiffy Lube, the new location opened on Sept. 15, co-owner Matt Johnson said, and already it is garnering accolades from within its own business genre.
“This location was being looked at for several years, but we had to get through some hurdles with the land,” Johnson said. “We did a lot of great stuff with the land to build it up and make it environmentally friendly, and then also we added a lot of landscaping for aesthetics.”
Community members residing on properties north of the building’s location were concerned about their view being compromised, Johnson said, so the Jiffy Lube owners extended their landscaping, which was originally designed to only grace the front of the building.
“We did it to please the community,” Johnson said, “because we care about what they think.”
The extra effort was worth it, Johnson said; the building has already won an award through the National Oil and Lube News contest for best-looking service center.
“The building itself is the new standard, the new design,” Johnson said. “This is what all the new Jiffy Lubes are going to look like after us winning our award.”
The new Jiffy Lube sits just above the banks of the Virgin River and, because of its location, came under a lot of fire from environmentalists who expressed concerns about possible water and ground contamination.
In order to protect the environment, the city built up the ground and installed slope-protecting riprap to keep the river contained and avoid any water entering the building from possible flooding, Johnson said.
“We got challenged twice right after we built the building,” Johnson said.
Two big September storms caused water to rise rapidly, he said, but the building wasn’t affected at all.
In addition to the exterior work, Johnson said, the shop’s owners have gone and will continue to go above and beyond to protect the environment and keep the site clean.
Waste oils are stored in tanks and pumped into tankers, Johnson said; they never go into the ground. Johnson added they are just as meticulous about what comes in as what goes out and will turn away tankers that show signs of leaking until the problem has been fixed on the vehicle.
“We are serious about keeping it clean,” he said.
Employees at the new location expressed excitement with the shop’s success so far and said they are happy to be part of the Jiffy Lube team.
“It has been a great experience getting this all set up,” employee Jordyn Fraser said. “It was a lot of hard work but it all paid off.”
Fraser works at the customer service counter and said she loves the camaraderie she feels with her co-workers.
“This is a family; we can rely on each other,” she said. “This is a job I am going to remember loving for a lifetime.”
Jiffy Lube shared its family atmosphere with the community this week, offering free oil changes to all veterans of the armed forces on Veterans Day.
“We performed over 400 free oil changes at our locations throughout Southern Utah,” Johnson said.
On Saturday, the River Road Jiffy Lube will host its grand opening event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with discounted oil changes all day. Oil changes will be $19.99, Johnson said, and there will be free pizza, radio broadcasts and prize giveaways, including a Kiss concert ticket giveaway.
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- What: River Road Jiffy Lube grand opening
- When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Where: Jiffy Lube, 1393 S. River Road, St. George
- Cost: $19.99 oil changes all day, free pizza
- Details: Area radio stations will be broadcasting from Jiffy Lube all day, and there will be several prize drawings, including tickets to see Kiss in concert in Las Vegas, which will be given away at 3 p.m.
- To learn more about Jiffy Lube and its services, click here
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