12/14/2015Jackson Bros Car Care Center
With the recent publicity emphasizing the importance of supporting Black-Owned businesses, I decided to start looking for a Black-Owned gas station in the area. I do like to support my own people and figured this would be a good place to start. We only moved here 2.5 years ago and are still unfamiliar with parts of the city since we are college students/home-bodies, and don’t go out much. Jackson Bros Car Care Center in Savannah, GA, was referred to me by a friend who grew up here in Savannah. She explained the sad truth that there are only two (2) African-American/Black-Owned Gas Stations in the ENTIRE city of Savannah! And to my surprise, I found that they are diagonally across the street from one another! Jackson Brothers was one of them. That all being said, I first called Jackson Bros Car Care Center in Savannah, GA in mid-November 2015 to confirm that they are in fact, a Black-Owned business. From my very first conversation with the “Lady of the Shop”, it has been nothing but pleasant! She informed me that this is a long-time Black-Owned Family Business that has been in existence over 45+ years! She explained that they do Automotive Repair work as well as provide Gas to customers. When I had to call her again to ask their price of Gas for the day, she politely told me $2.04/gallon, which was right in the mid-line of what I saw throughout Savannah that week and was therefore, very fairly-priced. Although I missed getting to their station that day due to a personal business matter, I called to let them know I couldn’t make it; and the gentleman I spoke to was also polite, and I felt a nice warmth when I spoke with him as well! These were definitely NOT rude people at all, and I don’t know what happened all the way back in 2009, but MY phone experiences before I even met them was very pleasant! I did finally get there on Dec 3rd, 2015. I’d just missed the Lady of the Shop, but everyone else there was nothing short of polite, professional, & courteous. I purchased Gas from them and their pumps worked fine. I got a detailed receipt for the fuel that even included the Kind of Fuel (Regular), and the Amount/Volume of Gallons Purchased (9.760 Gal), which is something I’ve only seen on one other fuel-station’s receipt out here! And since business was winding-down for the day, they were also happy to explain to me, some of the history of the warehouses & other landmarks of that location. As I was leaving their office, the other employees quietly greeted me as well. In doing personal business with others, there’s nothing like good, old-fashioned, down-to-earth Southern-Hospitality, and these gentlemen had it! I love it! =D I’m ending this Review with a Four-Star Rating only because I haven’t gotten any Auto Repair work done by Jackson Bros Car Care and don’t know anyone who has (like I said, I’m still relatively new here). But in every other way, they’ve shined beautifully, and as one of the only two Black-Owned Fuel Stations in the City of Savannah, I will continue to patronize Jackson Brothers to purchase Gas from them from now on (& from the other once I meet them, too)! =) It is extremely important that we give our economic support to the Black-Owned Businesses of our communities! So Black People in particular—take the time to travel a little further, and give these businesses our dollars to help keep that money in our Black-communities a little longer than a mere six-hours! =) Peace!