Auto repair

Luzerne County auto repair shop closes after 93 years in business

Churnetski’s Transportation and Auto Repair has served customers in and around Sugar Notch for nearly a century and owner Larry Churnetski plans to retire.

SUGAR NOTCH, Pa. — For the past 39 years, Larry Churnetski has spent day in and day out running Churnetski’s transportation and auto repair in Sugar Notch.

Before that, it was his father running the family business for over 50 years, where Larry spent much of his childhood learning. In total, 93 years of family traditions.

“I probably started cleaning school buses when I was about eight years old. Everyone in the family at one point or another has done something with those buses,” Larry said.

He credits the relationships he and his father have built with their customers for all the years of success Churnetski’s has had.

“That’s how small businesses survive. Plus, I’ve had great people working for me. I’ve had right-hand men who have worked for many years and contributed so much to this business,” said Churnetsky said.

Customers we’ve spoken to say they’re disappointed to hear that Larry will be closing up shop this summer because they’ve been coming to see him for so many years.

“He will be dearly missed by many in the area. I know a lot of people from out of town also come here,” said Daryl Metric, a longtime customer.

Churnetski says he looks forward to spending time with his family and will miss the other family he has built over his many years in the business.

“You always find out that you don’t miss anything special you’ve done with them. You miss the daily conversations and daily contact, and that’s what I will miss.”

Churnetski says he’s not sure exactly when he’ll close the store one last time, but he’s grateful for the fond memories.

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