Landmark Borough Business Will Close at End of May

Kichline’s garage is a well-known family business that has been located on Front Street in Hellertown for half a century.

One of the older family-run businesses in the borough of Hellertown is nearing the end of its run.

Kevin Kichline confirmed for Saucon Source Tuesday that Kichline’s Service Station at 193 Front Street will close for good at the end of this month.

The automotive repair business was founded half a century ago by his parents, Dale and Virginia Kichline, who are still involved in its day-to-day operations, as is his sister, who runs Kichline’s Tires & Auto Parts at 20 W. Pine Street, Hellertown.

Among the services offered to car-owners are state inspections, emissions testing, automotive repairs, computerized alignment, tire changes, towing and more.

A tow truck is parked outside one of the bays of Kichline’s garage at 193 Front St., Hellertown. The 50-year-old family-run business will close at the end of May.

Kevin Kichline said that after many years of being on call around the clock and working in sometimes challenging conditions the family simply feels burned out and needs a break.

Virginia Kichline noted that in some cases the business has served three generations of the same family.

She said they are grateful for the community’s support over the years and want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to their loyal customers, who are invited to stop by before Kichline’s closes.

The last two days of this month, Kevin said, they will no longer be making repairs, but will still be at the garage to greet old friends they have made over the years.

Kichline’s has been notifying customers of its impending closure, Virginia said.

For more information, or for answers to questions, please call Kichline’s Service Station at 610-838-0481.

On Monday, Hellertown Borough Council voted to make Saucon Collision the new towing service provider for the borough police department.

Police Chief Robert Shupp estimated that Kichline’s had been his department’s go-to wrecker service for the past 35 years.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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