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Kapteyns reach agreement with buyer

The rumors are true: Park Service Station will be closing

Park Service Station has been located at 18025 Torrence Avenue since 1959. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 8, 2018) – Terry Kapteyn understands that people want to know the facts, but he’s been hesitant to release information into the public until the deal is done. Still, with rumors circulating, he decided to set the record straight. Yes, he and his brother Scott are planning to sell their business, Park Service Station, which has been selling gas and fixing cars from the same location since 1959.

Terry Kapteyn doesn’t want to leave his customers stranded, but it’s been difficult to release information until the closing actually happens. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The closing had been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, but now it has been pushed back, so the immediate future remains uncertain. The buyer, who shall remain nameless for the time being, owns other gas and auto service properties, so it’s possible that those services will continue to be offered at 18025 Torrence Avenue.

“It’s up to the buyer to decide what he wants to do with the property,” says Kapteyn. “But we didn’t sell the name. Park Service Station will no longer be in existence.”

Park Service Station was originally opened in 1959 by Scott and Terry’s father, John Kapteyn.

More information will be released as it becomes verified.

Park Service Station is currently located at 18025 Torrence Avenue in Lansing.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Good luck to you Terry and Scott in whatever future endeavors you have planned. You’ll be missed as “the service guys” but I hope you enjoy the change in life. God bless ya both.

  2. To Park Service and the Kapteyn Families – Thank you for the many years of great service, for being trustworthy and going above and beyond! One thing that stands out in my mind is how comforting it was to know when our kids were young drivers, that they could call for a tow at any time and you’d be right there to help them, we knew they were safe with you. And you were definitely needed (a few times)! We will miss you a lot! Blessings in your new adventures!!

  3. Sometimes progress is a bittersweet experience. Almost sixty years of devotion to this family business is not going to be an easy thing to separate yourselves from.
    God has walked with you through many experiences and He will be with you and yours throughout this transition into a new adventure for your future. The legacy you leave behind is one that you can rightly be proud of.
    Thanks much for all you have done for your customers and community.

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