The Koskinas family has proven being a good neighbour pays off. By turning a run-down gas station into a first class auto shop equipped with a pioneer gas bar they've made a Scarborough neighbourhood a better place.

Residents come in and thank the family for cleaning up and keeping the location open, they also show their appreciation by dropping by to purchase their gas and to have any of their automotive repairs looked after.

When Tom, along with his father Spiros and his brother Paul , first saw the abandoned site at 1161 Kingston Rd they couldn't believe their eyes. The island was stained with you name it and the concrete was cracked and half an inch off the ground. The Koskinas boys decided to take a chance and put in an offer on the site and it was accepted.

The changes have brought neighbourhood support for the new business and the Koskins family couldn't be happier. The business is a family affair - Spiros, Paul and Tom are equal partners and the site promises a good return on their investment.

The location is fantastic. Kingston Rd is a residential /commercial road that gets a lot of traffic when the major highways are backed up. The traffic is slow so the people get a chance to see the site.

Pioneer Metro East Area manager Ray Angrove says he knew the Koskinas family would make the site work because of the people they are.