GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Gladewater officially approved a taxi cab service, and it will serve the Gladewater, Gilmer, and Big Sandy areas. The owner of C&G Taxi Cab Service says it is not about the money, but helping East Texans in need.
Craig Merrill and his wife, Glenda, opened for business last week. In between pick-ups, Craig fixes the building that will house his business. It was given to him for free. "All I have to pay is utilities and that ain't nothing but the grace of God," he explained.
It was a gift after working hard to bring his taxi business to Gladewater. "I noticed a lot of senior citizens that live here and I noticed there wasn't a transportation other than a medical bus each month," Craig explained. "So I said, 'They need a taxi service here.'"
But the city council turned down his business proposal last year because he did not have correct insurance. Merrill says he went back to work in the oil fields and saved enough money to buy the needed coverage. "They approved it with flying colors and they were glad I brought it back to the board," he said.
His "chariot" is a 2000 Kia Spectra. "I'm pleased with the way things are cranking up being that I just started," said Craig, who is building up clientele. "People that need to pay their bills, buy their groceries, visit their kin, go to doctors appointments, and that's what I'm here to give them."
It is a much needed business, and the only of its kind located in the heart of East Texas.
C&G Taxi charges $4 for pick up and a $1.25 per mile. Merrill says he will offer discounts for senior citizens and frequent riders.