All Service Citgo looking for new location
BENNINGTON — All Service Citgo, a full-service fuel station that has occupied the corner of Main and Dewey streets for the past dozen years, vacated the premises last weekend and is now looking for a new, permanent location.
Business owner Tom Haskins said the Main Street station's lease lapsed after the property changed hands about a year ago and, several months ago, the new owner proposed a significant rent increase and rebuffed Haskins' purchase offers.
Alliance Energy, of Waltham, Mass., purchased 163 Main St. from the Champlain Oil Company in August 2018 for $255,000, town property records show.
"When we acquired the station, we went through our rent calculations in accordance with our standards set for all dealers," Liz Fuller, a representative of Global Partners, which owns Alliance Energy, said in a statement. "We worked with the tenant on a variety of options including a short term lease under mutually agreeable terms, sale of the site, and financing if he was unable to secure his own. Regretfully, we were not able to come to terms. Moving forward, we are evaluating options for the property."
All Service remains in business, operating temporarily out of an auxiliary lot located at 216 Lincoln St., off of County Street. The business provides automobile repairs, state inspections, towing, U-Haul rentals and other services. Before its departure from Main Street, the business had used the Lincoln Street parcel primarily for vehicle storage.
Signs in the Main Street shop's windows advise customers of All Service's move and thank them for their loyalty.
Haskins is "working on a couple different ideas" regarding All Service's next permanent location in the area, he said. "We're not going anywhere."
Haskins said it is unlikely that gas will be offered at the new location. Fuel sales represented a small portion of All Service's business at the Main Street location but helped to foster connections with customers, he said.
The community lately has expressed support for the local business, even dropping off donuts and bagels, Haskins said. "We did a lot for a lot of people," he added.
"It's called good karma," manager Peter Buckley said of the community support, which he attributes to the business being fair and honest to its customers.
All Service currently employs eight people, according to Haskins.
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