Massachusetts automotive service company F.L .Roberts has acquired the former Mr. Auto Wash business at 344 Broad St., Manchester, and made it part of its Golden Nozzle car wash chain, company officials say. The company operates several Connecticut car washes under the Golden Nozzle name, including ones in Hartford and West Hartford. It also operates a gas station in Stafford under the corporate name, F.L Roberts, according to a company website. Frank L. Roberts founded the F.L. Roberts & Co. business in 1920 with a single automotive and tire store at the corner of Main and Adams streets in Springfield, Massachusetts. Over the next 15 years Roberts added one more station each year and expanded the affiliated fuel oil division to concentrate again on auto service stations. In the 1970’s, it opened new businesses that would complement the gas stations – a chain of Golden Nozzle Car Washes, a chain of Jiffy Lube oil change venues, and eve a diner – the “Whatley Diner Fillin’ Station.” Today, F.L. Roberts and Co. has more than 500 employees and 60 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Reposted from The Journal Inquirer