It was 23 years ago that Rahul Laroia started working the Sunoco gas station at the corner of Washington St and Breck Ave in Brighton. He was hired at a starting salary of $400 a week. Five years later he got a raise and began earning $600 each week. He kept that salary for more than 10 years while raising two sons. When the shop owner died and left the business to his eldest, again Laroia got a raise and now earns $800 each week. He has offered to rent the shop from the owners at a fixed monthly rate with hope that he could make improvements to increase sales and in his own salary. The owners however insist their current arrangement is best.
When owners retire, it’s a life or death decision for the business