Old Gas Station Brands
Date: October 14, 2010 12:24PM
When I was growing up, there were many brands of gas stations. Today other tha independents, the Chicago market is dominated by Shell, BP and Mobil I remember Sunoco,Sinclair,Gulf,Esso,Enco,Clark,Purple Martin,Texaco,City Services, Marathon etc. Some of these still exist in other parts of the country. What caused these brands to disappear? The same thing happened with Supermarkets, where companies such as A&P and National abandoned the market. Since A&P still exists, why did it leave Chicago? Many neighborhoods are still captive, with no competition. I am no conspiracy theorist, but it is almost as if they decided to carve up the markets around the country so that there were only two major players for many years until the Walmarts,Costcos,Targets,Meijers of the world came along as competition.