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Carwash and gas station adds taxi service

CROOKSTON, MN — The new business was opened in the c-store’s office nine months ago.


CROOKSTON, MN — An 24-hour Ampride c-store, gas station and carwash here has added taxi service to its list of offerings, INFORUM reported.

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The Jan. 13 story stated that the addition took some outside of the box thinking by Wayne Melbye, the location’s manager and a Crookston City Council member. The taxi business was opened in the c-store’s office nine months ago after another cab company folded.

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“You don’t usually put these two together, but then I started thinking that we already are open 24 hours a day, we have a carwash and we sell gas,” Melbye said in the story. “I thought it might be a good fit.”


At first Melbye guessed the service would at least be good PR for the multi-profit location, but the taxi offerings are financially above the board. Records showed 1,107 fares in December with a daily average of 36.

Fleet accounts and the bottom line

Melbye is one of 12 Ampride employees that share driving responsibilities for the 24/7 operation. The operation is getting busier, so Melbye is looking into getting a second cab.

The combined service has helped store sales as well. “Every once in awhile, someone will call for a ride and then ask, ‘Can you bring a sausage pizza with you?’”


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