Bobby and Steve’s Auto World is dedicated to serving its guests with fast, friendly, and convenient service. We offer a variety of services including 24-hour convenience and gas, 24-hour towing, everything ‘under the hood’ automotive repair, restaurants, and a car wash to name a few. Please stay as long as you’d like and enjoy our services!
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The History of Bobby and Steve’s Auto World from Bobby Williams
The First Station
Bobby Williams is the senior partner of Bobby and Steve’s Auto World. Bobby grew up on a farm just South of Mora, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for five years. In 1954, Bobby started working at his brother Paul’s Standard Oil gas station at Holmes and Lake Street in Minneapolis. After nine years of working for his brother, Bobby’s father mortgaged their family farm to buy Bobby his own gas station — right across the street from his brother’s. Bobby’s business was an instant success, which he says had nothing to do with money. “I never worried about money. I was learning a lot and having fun,” he recalls. “I like serving people, and there’s nothing greater than helping people.” Bobby did so well and had so much fun with his first station that he sold that one and bought three more.
The Perfect Partnership
In 1975, Bobby had a dream he would stay in the service station business, and the very next day he got a call to buy a shell station at 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington. This Shell station is the place Bobby met Steve Anderson. “Steve wore those blue tennis shoes and brown pants that I’ll always remember,” Bobby said. Steve would work nights to pay for school. Steve impressed Bobby with his strong work ethic, and is now his partner at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Bloomington.
The 80-20 Rule
From 1975 to 1989 Bobby expanded his business to 12 different stations. In 1990, Bobby suffered a head-on collision which slowed him down and made him realize the 80 – 20 rule. “I had to get rid of the weak stations because eighty percent of my business was coming from twenty percent of my stations,” Bobby said. He sold eight of his stations and focused on four of them. A Shell station at 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington, a Texaco station at 35W and Washington in Minneapolis, a Texaco station at 37th and Central Avenue in Columbia Heights, and a service garage at 58th and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.
In October of 1996, Bobby and Steve Anderson opened the first Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Bloomington, which replaced the old Shell station. Two years later, Bobby and Steve Williams (Bobby’s son) opened Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Minneapolis which replaced the old Texaco station. Its success led to further expansion. In July of 1999, Bobby and Jeff Bahe opened Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Columbia Heights. “Jeff started working for me when he was 15 years old. I remember showing him for the first time how to serve a customer on the drive,” Bobby recalled.
The Most Amazing auto world
In spring of 2005, Bobby opened Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Lino Lakes. The much anticipated Bobby and Steve’s Auto World Nicollet opened on June 16th, 2006. By this point, one would think that the Bobby & Steve’s Auto World dream had been fulfilled. However, in 2011, Bobby built the “most amazing” Auto World in Eden Prairie. In 2013, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World crossed the river and opened its first store in West St. Paul.
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