Business for Sale; Owner retiring August 1st
By Stewart Grant
Those used to calling 519-284-4994 to get around town may soon need to find alternate arrangements. Unless a new owner is found, St. Marys Central Cab service will likely be shutting down when owner Tom Wall retires on August 1st.
“I’m eighty years old,” said Wall, who bought the business from Darren Fulcher in 2005 after retiring from St. Marys Cement. “I had a really good run and I’ve enjoyed the work.”
Wall reflected with the Independent on his past 15 years in the industry. “When I bought it, we had one car running, and I built it up within a year-and-a-half to five cars on the road.” Currently, St. Marys Central Cab has two cars in operation.
“It was a lucrative little business and a very enjoyable business because people in a small town are nice to deal with.”
One of the challenges that Wall faced early in his ownership of the taxi service was the loss of business caused by the closure of the large Hayes Dana plant on James Street South. In more recent years, there have been fewer and fewer social events that used to be big business for taxis.
“A few years ago, a lot of our clientele were teenagers and the young adult crowd. They were a really good source of business for us. But they started clamping down on parties that were out in the country, and all sorts of other things like baseball or slo-pitch tournaments that used to run for two or three days, and there are no Buck and Doe’s in St. Marys or St. Pauls anymore whereas there used to be one every weekend. Society has changed, and I don’t think it’s for the better, that’s my opinion. But I don’t want to sound like I’m crying the blues.”
Wall is hopeful that someone will step forward to take over the business and fill the need that is still there within the community.
“That’s what makes me feel bad. The seniors depend on us. The seniors are really going to miss us.”
To learn more about St. Marys Central Cab as a business opportunity, please contact owner Tom Wall at 519-494-2950.