End of an era at Andy’s Servo

Andrew (Andy) Michael, owner of Andy's Servo in Sunshine West (Holly McGuinness)

By Holly McGuinness

Iconic service station, Andy’s Servo in Sunshine West is set to be knocked down and rebuilt any week now, with the replacing service station set to be up and running before the end of 2022.

Andrew (Andy) Michael has owned the independent service station on the corner of Anderson Road and Glengala for over 50 years.

The Michael family was very careful in picking out the new tenants, ensuring the new family that will be running the station would be the right fit and agree to keep the iconic ‘Andy’s Servo’ sign on display.

Once complete, the new building will no longer have an auto workshop on the site as the new tenants will be focussing solely on fuel and product sales.

It’s been a drawn out process for the Michael family to have the site redeveloped while sourcing the perfect tenants with the property vacant for almost three years, Sunshine residents can expect to see demolition works begin within the next few weeks.

Andrew (Andy) Michael immigrated from Cyprus to Australia at 16 years old with his family, starting out as an auto electrician apprentice in Wollongong on the NSW South Coast.

He moved to Sunshine with his wife Maria in 1973 which was when they first opened the service station and his family says Andy has worked hard nearly everyday since then.

Now decades later, Michael is closing this chapter of his life to spend more time with his wife Maria, daughters, Kathy, Elaine and Stephanie and his three beloved grandchildren.

Michael said he will miss his close connection to his customers and the community the most, along with Friday night drinks in the workshop.