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Urbanna’s got gas

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Urbanna Exxon, a full-service gasoline station and repair shop, is back in business. James Cornell of Mechanicsville and his family held a grand opening on Saturday to introduce themselves to the community. Cornell Automotive LLC will be trading as Urbanna Exxon and will offer maintenance and repair and full service at the gas pumps. Above are members of the Cornell family, from left, Kelsie, Jennifer and James. Not pictured is son Hunter, who will be working at the station. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Urbanna Exxon, on the corner of Prince George and Cross streets in Urbanna, has re-opened under new management. James Cornell and his family have opened Cornell Automotive LLC and will be trading as Urbanna Exxon.

Cornell has 20 years of experience in the automotive repair business and has worked at Tally’s Auto Service in Highland Springs for many years. At Tally’s, he was involved in auto service of all kinds, including repair and maintenance, towing and, as he says, “You name it, I did it.”

He has certification in all lines of automotive repair and has brought new computer equipment for full diagnosis of engines, A/C and heating, airbags and ABS systems. “We are going to do everything but install new engines and new transmissions, and I can work on all types of cars,” Cornell said.

The Cornells held a grand opening on Saturday. “People have been very supportive and so far we feel like the community wants us here,” he said. “People have been so friendly and I’m looking forward to providing full service for people here. You don’t see many full-service stations anymore.”

Cornell and his family live in Mechanicsville and they plan to move to the area once his daughter finishes high school next year.

Urbanna Exxon is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

posted 08.21.2013

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