Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The old Phillips 66 gas station on Columbia's Rosewood Drive has been a staple in the community for nearly five decades. Now the gas stations 89 year old owner is packing up and retiring.
Its history is everywhere, signs from the past on the outside but rich Gamecock history on the inside.
"You know, it's been a great life, I met some great people and I wouldn't change that for anything," said owner RJ Moore.
RJ Moore's love for the Gamecocks is just as big as his love for his business.
"This is my second home. I looked forward for 46 years to come to work every morning," said Moore.
When Moore opened, gas was around 32 cents a gallon and even though he shut the pumps down a number of years ago...his shop has stood the test of time. So have the friendships.
Former players who bonded with Moore for life.
"They like my own sons; they voted me in as honorary letterman."
Moore had a 30 year streak of making it to every Gamecock football game until one of his close relatives died. Over the years..he lost his wife and son too. But the gamecock faithful kept coming.
His shop became a watering hole for fans, coaches and players to talk about Gamecock sports.
"Coach Paul Dietzel would stand out there and fold his hands and talk. He would come in here and speak to my wife. Joe Morrision would come in here see my wife Ann and give her a smack on the forehead."
Moore says he is proud of what the team did last season but says the Black Magic team was special.
"What we win 10 games and then let Navy beat us. We would have been the number one team in the nation if we beat them because number one lost that day."
Now, all these years later, his old gas station will be demolished to make way for a convenience store. And while he's retiring from work...he's still got his memories.
"It's been a great ride, I wish my wife and son could be with us but you gotta do what you gotta do. Everyone helping me get ready, people volunteering, it's nice, it's really nice.