Posted: Jun 18, 2010 5:09 PM by Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Jun 18, 2010 6:55 PM
The words, "We no longer sell BP, We do not have BP fuel" are written on a sign in front of a Central gas station.
The gas station, Central Automotive and Tire, is located on the corner of Hooper Road and Sullivan Road. Gas station owner Randy Kikendall said he posted the signs Thursday to set the record straight.
"BP pulled out of the state two years ago. We haven't been a BP for two years. We decided to put a sign out that we are no longer a BP because some people think we still are," said Kikendall.
A rusting stand on top of the placard shows an empty place where the BP logo used to be. Kikendall said BP failed to take its signature placards and logo. He said he never replaced them because the cost was too high at nearly $8,000.
When passers-by, like Jana Smith, see the sign, they said they approve.
"I think it's great. Who wants to support BP after all the mess they've made?" said Smith.
Shop customer Gary Avants agrees.
"I'm glad it's not British Petroleum and that I'm not giving them my money," said Avants.
Kikendall said whether his customers are getting gas or car repairs, the signs serve as clarity for those weary of entering. He said the signs will remain up at least until the end of the summer.