By Kevin Canessa Jr.
These days, when a new business opens up — it really doesn’t matter what kind of business it is — the chances of seeing it still open a year later are slim. And yet there’s one local business that has bucked that trend for almost a century — and for nearly 95 years, it has served Lyndhurst and surrounding towns in ways few others have been able to.
Bogle Agency Insurance first opened its doors in 1919, under the direction of Horace R. Bogle. And now, four generations later. it continues to offer top-notch insurance services — but in ways modern insurance companies simply can’t.
Erica Patrk, the office manager of Bogle’s Lyndhurst office, says it’s the human contact — and one-on-one service — that sets Bogle apart from the others.
“We offer all types of insurance,” Patrk said. “From auto, to home, to renters, to commercial business. But we’ve been doing it for 94 1/2 years with excellent service and an excellent staff. The years of quality make a difference. But the human experience — being able to speak with us one-on-one — is what really sets us apart.”
In the insurance world today, most customers can get a quote immediately online, but don’t ever have contact with a person. Dealing with Bogle, a customer can request a quote online at www.BogleAgency.com. But instead of getting a computer email, a member of the agency’s experienced staff will provide a quote.
“Indeed you can ask for a quote online from us, but you’ll always hear back from someone here,” Patrk said. “That’s the major difference.”
Even with the one-on-one, personal relationships Bogle forges with its clients, the agency has still embraced the power of social media to enhance those relationships.
They’re heavily involved with social media — on both Twitter and Facebook — and Patrk says the agency posts at least three times a day to keep a connection with the community and clients.
In fact, just last week, the agency took a look back at its history, back to 1919 when Horace R. Bogle opened the business. The review includes a series of photos, including a former office location, a portrait of Horace Bogle and a classic advertisement on the side of a building.
Take that history — and couple it with the comforts of modern technology — and you’ve got a one-stop location for all kinds of insurance needs.
“We’re all about protecting you and your family with the decades of experience that our family can provide,” Philip R. Bogle, owner of the agency, wrote in the retrospective. “Our personnel are not only licensed and trained in the field of insurance, they are also friendly, courteous and responsible. After all, servicing our clients is what has made our agency one of the most prestigious agencies in New Jersey.”
The Bogle Agency Insurance is located at 200 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst. It offers auto, home, condo, renters, flood, motorcycle, watercraft, recreational vehicle, umbrella, life and health insurances to individuals.
For businesses, it offers commercial vehicle, general liability, excess liability, commercial property, workers comp, professional liability, restaurant, nonprofit, churches, contractors, apartments, property management company and condominium association insurances.