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Father and son hope oil change center works at Isom location




Isom businessman Mike Breeding and his son, Shane, have opened Pro Lube on Garner Mountain near Isom. At left is a photo of the modern new waiting area.

Isom businessman Mike Breeding and his son, Shane, have opened Pro Lube on Garner Mountain near Isom. At left is a photo of the modern new waiting area.

An Isom man and his son have opened a business they say prides itself on fast and efficient oil changes. And the two say appointments aren’t necessary at Pro Lube, located at Garner Mountain, Isom.

“There wasn’t anywhere around here for someone to get an oil change quick,” said Mike Breeding, owner of Pro Lube. “You have a little garage or two, but they don’t do it quick.”

Breeding and his son, Shane Breeding, didn’t want to open a full-service garage, but decided instead to focus on the express side of car service. The elder Breeding said he wants to provide good, clean, professional service.

Breeding spent about $20,000 remodeling a building located near the Letcher/ Knott county line. The waiting area has a black leather couch, modern wall decorations and fresh coffee.

“ We wanted a place where people feel comfortable,” said Breeding. “You can sit in here and watch ‘Andy Griffith’ while you wait.”

 

 

An oil change takes about 15 minutes, said Breeding.

If the new business is a success, Breeding said he would build a pit and have a drive-thru quick lube where more cars could be serviced in a shorter amount of time.

“I wish it would get that busy,” he said.

Breeding was told by a Valvoline representative that it would take about six months to get established and build up a clientele. This is the fourth week Pro Lube has been open.

“Even if the economy is down, people still need an oil change,” said Breeding. “Not too many people do it themselves.”

Pro Lube uses all types of oils.

“You can even bring your own oil,” said Breeding.

In addition to oil changes, Pro Lube offers tire rotations, wiper blade replacements, air filter replacements and diagnostic readings. Employees also change brake pads and fuel filters.

Mike Miller, Breeding’s brother-in-law, is the manager and sole employee at this time.

“Once we get started where I can’t handle it, we’ll hire more,” said Miller, who has close to 20 years experience in industrial maintenance. “We’ve had some repeat customers.”

Mike Breeding also owns Breeding’s Heavy Haulers of Isom.


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