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Centerpoint Station’s farewell auction draws in a heartfelt crowd

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Center Point station, located at 3946 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666 on Jan. 25, 2020.

San Marcos residents said a final goodbye to their beloved Centerpoint Station with a 700+ item auction of all the stores antique collectables.
Centerpoint station, a local favorite for burgers and baked goods, closed at the end of 2019 after more than 25 years in business. Regular customers or drivers passing by Centerpoint Station all noticed the restaurant’s collection of vintage porcelain signs covering the establishment which belonged to the late restaurant founder, Garland Warren.
Warren was a local entrepreneur who had opened Sac-n-Pac Convenience Stores, Dixie Cream Donuts as well as several other businesses in the San Marcos area. He was also a proud antique collector with a large collection of vintage signs, tables, clocks, toys and much more.
Auctioneer and Texas State Alum Rob Burley from New Braunfels said Warren passed away in 2010 and left a lasting impact on the San Marcos community.
“If it wasn’t for Garland in those early years we would have never made it,” Burley said. “He bought stuff he didn’t need. He was trying to support us.”
People from across the state drove in for the auction, but a healthy amount of the attendees were San Marcos residents and Texas State alum wanting a piece of their favorite restaurant from their college years.
Grace Davis, a San Marcos resident and Texas State alum, was present when Centerpoint first opened and watched Warren’s antique collection grow. She said she joined the crowd of people hoping to acquire a “little piece of history” at the auction.
“I went to school with all of (Garland’s) children,” Davis said. “I really loved this place and hate to see it go. Garland was able to collect a lot of neat stuff from all across Texas.”
Because of the amount of attendees at the auction, many were forced to park on distant dirt patches and neighboring roads because of the large number of the sheer volume of people.
On top of the items from Centerpoint being auctioned off, many items from Warren’s personal collection were auctioned as well. The collectible signs and memorabilia from  had been in the family’s barn and house and had not seen the light of day in years.
Going into the auction Burley predicted strong sales and for the auction to take about seven hours in total.
“This was a strong turnout. We knew it was going to be a good one,” Burley said.

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