Rimkus: Tuck’s Service Center closes after 69 years in Hudson

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By Rosemary Rimkus, Hudson Columnist

Marty Libby (far right) has announced the closing of Tuck’s Service Center, a Hudson landmark located at the intersection of Washington and Broad street. (From left) Ken Patton, Steve Hulecki, Nancy Maillet and the gas station’s founder “Tuck” Walsh greeted customers and friends at a closing reception on Oct. 29. (Photo/Courtesy Robin McNiff)

HUDSON – Tuck’s Service Center, a Hudson landmark for the past 69 years, closed on Oct. 30. 

Owner Marty Libby announced this week that he is leasing the property at Washington and Broad Street to Global Petroleum Co., which will build a new station on the site.

Libby and his staff, as well as founder “Tuck” Walsh, greeted many customers and friends at a reception at the station on Friday, Oct. 29. 

Libby lauded the longtime services of Nancy Maillet, bookkeeper for 36 years; staff member Steve Hulecki and retired Ken Patton, who was a gas station attendant for 18 years.

“[It] was such a pleasure to have Tuck join us at the reception,” said Libby, who bought the business from his father-in-law, Tuck, in 1979. 

He expressed his gratitude to the two generations of customers he has served.

“It was just an office and gas pumps when Tuck bought in 1952,” said Libby.

“He had 43 years in the business, and I had 42,” Libby continued. “…It was just time to sell the station.”

At 59 years of age, Libby does not plan to retire.

Tuck’s Service Center is a separate business from the neighboring Tuck’s Trucks GMC dealership.