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He's all about pleasing people

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Kayla Bunge
October 13, 2008
— Hot water runs into a small sink at the end of the Stop-N-Go store's back counter.

A man hunches over the sink, scrubbing the stainless steel drip tray that sits under the cappuccino machine. He replaces the tray and heads to the other end of the counter to tidy the cream, sugar and stirrers left scattered by people who have come to get their caffeine fix on their way to work.


John Tracey, 55, is the full-service man at Stop-N-Go stores at 3515 E. Milwaukee St. and 714 Center Ave. in Janesville.


In addition to pumping gas at pumps 3 and 4 at the Milwaukee Street location and pumps 7 and 8 on Center Avenue, Tracey cleans the stores, stocks shelves and holds open doors.


"I'm trying to help people out so they get things they need," he said as he wiped down the counter.


Tracey began working as a full-service man years ago. His parents, Bill and Alice Tracey, owned Tracey Oil downtown at what is now the Janesville Police Department building at 100 N. Jackson St. His brother, Robert, later owned the gas station.


John Tracey began working for Stop-N-Go when the company bought out Tracey Oil in 2002. He works about 36 hours a week between the two gas stations.


Tracey enjoys working because he's able to talk to people, usually while he's filling up their gas tank.


"People have been very nice," he said. "It's just a nice place to work."



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