Ness Auto Sales And Service has a long history that starts with its opening decades ago as Park Corner Oil Company Inc. Originally known as "Thistle and Brown" this business was run by three brothers who offered auto repair, tires, automotive fuel and bulk oil delivery to customers in the local areas.
As a young boy when Richard "Tack" Ness walked to school he walked by the local gas station always dreaming of owning his own business. His brother Tom worked at the gas station and when he left to join the reserves, Tack would take his place at the business. Over time Tack talked to the owners about purchasing part of the business and was able to do so in 1965. He was so proud he ran home to tell his mother that he was going to borrow $30,000 to buy part of the gas station. She cried on his shoulder and begged him not to do it that he'd never be able to repay the loan.
In 1973 he purchased the remainder of the business and his 2 brothers Charlie and Don joined him and they formed Park Corner Oil Company Inc. They operated as an auto repair shop and gas station selling tires, gas, fuel oil, and tires. The days were long, opening at 6:00 am and closing at 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. Together they purchased other gas stations in the area and other bulk fuel delivery businesses. Later they sold off the bulk fuel delivery, converted a gas station into a convenience store, and added auto sales to their auto repair operation in 1983.
With the business growing in 1986 they built a new facility at 910 N Main st in Lodi. A new state of the art facility with 19,600 sq ft and