A long standing automotive business that specialized in oil changes has closed, while its neighbor continues to serve homemade cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy.
The owner of Neder’s Service Gary Lively said he closed it because of the economy, the construction on “E” Street and the price of petroleum products.
“I want to thank the citizens of the community for all their support over the years,” Lively said. “It has been an honor to serve you. Your patronage has helped me to provide for my wife and children.
“I will miss all the special moments and stories that you as customers have shared over the years,” he added. “Washougal has been our home, and it has been a good home and a great business.”
Lively owned Neder’s Service for more than 13 years. The now-vacant space at 2507 “E” St. is available to lease.
The building is owned by Bill and Jane Neder. They were informed about the closure two weeks ago, according to Bill. His parents, Pete and Gracia, opened the gas station and cafe in 1946.
The other half of the building is occupied by Neder’s Cafe, which remains open.
Specialties include chicken fried steak and a dish called “stuff,” — featuring hash browns, onions, peppers, ham, cheese and gravy, served with toast.
Cafe owner Debby Brink found out about the auto service closure after taking a two-day vacation for the first time in eight years.
“We had no idea,” she said. “We knew nothing. I heard it from a customer. There was a note on the door.”
Neder’s Cafe, 2511 “E” St., is open Monday through Saturday, from 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The cafe closes at 11 a.m. on holidays. For more information, call 835-3935.
For additional information about the leasing opportunity in the former auto service space, call the Neders at 835-8021.