It’s pretty safe to say Greene’s Service Center is one of those few iconic Emporia businesses that generation after generation of Emporians have frequented over the years. Heck — Emporia was not even incorporated as a City when Greene’s Service Center first opened its doors in 1954. Emporia was not officially chartered as a City until 13 years later in 1967.
Kevin Bullock is a third generation owner of the business that was started by Raiford Greene 65 years ago. Dennis Bullock, Kevin’s father, took over the business in 1981. The torch was passed to Kevin a few years into the new century. Businesses have come and gone in the last 65 years, but Greene’s has not only survived, it has thrived. There isn’t any magic pixi dust that brings customers to the business.
“It’s all about the customers,” Kevin said. “I want to make sure the customer is comfortably satisfied with all our services.”
It’s a philosophy that has worked for three generations and continues to work today.
Greene had a passion for automobiles and started an Esso gas station, which would become later become Exxon.
Dennis Bullock was in the Marine Corp at Camp Lejeune, N.C. when Greene asked him to take over the business. The 14-year Marine veteran agreed. Dennis also had a passion for automobiles and was a big Nascar fan. His favorite driver was Mark Martin. Greene’s Service Center moved into its current location at 207 N. Main St. in 1986. The old location by the old Holiday Inn at the I-95 - Hwy 58 intersection remained open for about a year, but closed after the old 58 bypass was redirected.
Kevin was born into the business and started sweeping floors and filling drink machines at the age of 10. Though the location and top notch service hasn’t changed in the 33 years on N. Main St., Kevin is always seeking to bring more to customers. One new service offered at Greene’s is four-wheel alignments. Greene’s also sells all brands of new tires.
Greene’s Service Center is known for major mechanical repair, minor repair, complete custom exhaust, oil changes, inspections and calibrations. Additional parking is coming to the site soon. Inside the shop you will find a Kid’s Corner with coloring and fun things to do— not exactly a feature of many auto service centers.
Greene’s Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until noon. The phone number is (434) 634-3480.
When Kevin decides to call it quits the next in line is already in place. Kevin and Tracy have three sons, Lee, Hunter and Graden. Hunter is interested in being the fourth generation to continue the legacy that began in what was then the Town of Emporia in 1954.