A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for Boggs Pit Stop, 1721 E. Center St., Warsaw. The business was purchased in May by Andy and Julie Tuinstra (center with scissors). Also pictured are Boggs Pit Stop employees, representatives of Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer (fifth from left), City Council President Diane Quance (fifth from right) and Councilman Ron Shoemaker (fourth from right). Photo by David Slone
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for Boggs Pit Stop, 1721 E. Center St., Warsaw. The business was purchased in May by Andy and Julie Tuinstra (center with scissors). Also pictured are Boggs Pit Stop employees, representatives of Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer (fifth from left), City Council President Diane Quance (fifth from right) and Councilman Ron Shoemaker (fourth from right). Photo by David Slone
Boggs Pit Stop on East Center Street has changed hands from one local family to another.

“It’s nice because it’s locally owned still. So it went from the Silveus family, who’s had it since the ’60s, now transitioned to another family, which is us. So we’re keeping it local,” said Julie Tuinstra, Boggs Pit Stop business manager, who owns it with her husband Andy.

Tuesday afternoon, Boggs Pit Stop hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Joe Thallemer and City Council members Diane Quance and Ron Shoemaker in tow.

The business at 1721 E. Center St., Warsaw, includes a Quick Lube, automotive repair, convenience store and gas station.

Julie said, “It used to be owned by Scott Silveus. It was the Pit Stop where it had the Quick Lube, and then he used to have a car wash bay, but now the car wash isn’t there anymore, so we turned it into automotive repair so we can do full-service brakes, any kind of under-the hood, rear, front repair work.”

While they don’t do tires, she said the Quick Lube can get people in and out quickly for an oil change and offers “any kind of automotive repair that you need.”

Julie and Andy also own Boggs Automotive, 600 Leiter Drive, near  Zimmer Biomet. Boggs Automotive was founded in 1990 by Butch Boggs, who had it for 20 years before his death by pancreatic cancer. When Butch died, his wife Tonya, who worked with Andy Tuinstra at Zimmer, learned Andy was a mechanic and she asked him if he would be interested in buying Boggs Automotive. In February 2017, the Tuinstras purchased Boggs Automotive; and then purchased Boggs Pit Stop May 1, 2019.

“So we carry the Boggs name because we have long-time employees at the Boggs Automotive site. Eldon Long has been there 20 years. So we just felt it was important to carry that name with us, and it has a good reputation, and it was a family-owned business as well,” Julie said.

Silveus had asked them if they were interested in purchasing Boggs Pit Stop because “he had an idea that it would be beneficial for us to put in another location for automotive repair so you can either get your car fixed here or at our other location. So it’s like a secondary location for us, plus the additional services of the Quick Lube,” Julie said.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere in town that can do what we do as far as automotive repair and oil changes,” she said. “So if someone comes in with an oil change, the guys will check and make sure their vehicle is running properly, and they’ll be able to pick up on things like a leak or they need new brakes or something like that. Then we can give them a quote, and then they can schedule their automotive repair services here, too. So there’s not really an equivalent of that in town.”

With the two locations now, Julie said it might be more convenient for customers to come to the Center Street location than the one out by Zimmer Biomet.

There are 12 employees total at the two locations.

Hours for the Boggs Pit Stop service center are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and the convenience store opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday.