So for now Mallek's will go on as it has, relatively unchanged, for over seventy years. "The people of Ann Arbor, and particularly the west side, are incredibly loyal," says Mendler. "We may not necessarily always have the best price on gas, although I try to stay fairly competitive, but there have been times when we haven't been, and they could very easily go somewhere else, but they don't. And I recognize that, and I appreciate that. And it's fun, it's just plain fun to be able to talk with them, call them by their first name. I like that."
[Originally published in September, 2013.]