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Goodbye Varsity Barber Shop; Hello, Mobil on the Run

Rep. Rick Stream visited the Varsity Barber Shop to give its owner, Pete Bishop, a resolution in his honor in the last days of the business.

Goodbye Pete Bishop. Hello, Mobil on the Run.

After a 45-year run as a barber, Bishop closed the at 11142 Manchester Road this weekend. The building that housed it will be demolished to make way for a Mobil on the Run service station and convenience store.

But before the end came, state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, stopped by the barber shop to present Bishop with a Missouri House Resolution honoring his 45 years of service.

"It was cool for me to see, since Pete gave me my first ever haircut as a child and cut my hair for 20 years," Charles Hinderliter told Patch. He's the campaign manager for Stream's re-election bid and a political science teacher at Jefferson College.

Bishop's shop and the neighboring service station are being razed to make way for an expanded Mobil on the Run gas station and convenience store. The development was controversial for months in Kirkwood as residents complained to city planners and council members about their concerns over increased traffic.

When the , developers said it would increase the number of islands at the station from four to eight and include a new convenience store. Wallis Companies, which owns the station, anticipate a 100 percent increase in gas revenue and a 50 percent increase in convenience store revenue.

Ron G. July 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This development was fought by residents for nearly a year, not 'several weeks' and remains controversial with residents who live around this impending disaster.
Katie Coyle July 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It's always sad to lose a local neighborhood business. I hope Mr. Bishop will enjoy his retirement. I know there are many who will miss him.
Kurt Greenbaum July 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Fair enough, Ron. Thanks for the additional context.
Linda Lockhart July 02, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Kurt, I'm disappointed at your response to Ron G. Ron did not provide "additional context." He corrected an error of fact.
Kurt Greenbaum July 03, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I'm sorry Linda. I was referring to the most recent controversy in the final weeks as the issues was being decided, but I take your point that the controversy extended further back than that. Thank you both. I'll change the article to make it clearer.
Linda Lockhart July 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Thanks, Kurt. I accept your "additional context." As you can see, this is a sore subject for many. I live on the opposite corner of K'wood, near Big Bend and 270. But I travel in and around Manchester and Geyer frequently, and you may count me among those who have opposed this expansion since it was first proposed. Thank you for clarifying this matter.
Nancy K James July 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Once again local government corruption rears its head. The community did not support this project and in fact was very vocal in its opposition to the mobile expansion. Did Kirkwood's elected officials take heed? No. So the real question that I'm sure many of us would like to ask the Mayor of Kirkwood and those on the city council is, "How much did it take to sell us out?" I hope it was enough to retire on because come election time you are all out of a job. Nancy K James
Matt Austin July 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I've had the same barber at this barber shop for 20 years...where did they move to?
Lou Malnassy July 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Matt Austin, Pete's now retiring (again!) Jerry is at Sandy's Barber Shop on Woodbine. Billy is at the Des Peres Barber Shop a little further west on Manchester.

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