In the market for a gas station?

July 5, 2007
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OK, probably not. AMPMBut you may be interested to know that local BP stations will be getting a new name soon. BP is selling 28 Indianapolis franchise locations, each of which will be rebranded as ampm. Until recently, ampm locations were mainly on the West Coast. Any new convenience store offerings? Indeed. Apparently they have a mix-and-match special that comes with three of any combination of corndog, hot dog and hamburger, for $1.99. Mmmmm. Chicago-based NRC Realty Advisors is managing the sale and planning a meeting for potential buyers on July 18.
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  • Are all area BP's franchises? If not, then hopefully some will remain BP. I like the Cafe at newer BP stores. They have way better gas station fare than the typical reheated hot dogs of questionable origin.
  • I want Sheetz, WaWa or UDF.
  • yes - sheetz! if i'm thinking of the same sheetz in pennsylvania with the awesome hot dogs? i think you order them on a computer and then they bring them out?? that's a good hang-over memory....
  • Cory, why don't you post on why the city has not made a decision on MSA? I mean, for crying out loud, are they warming their hands up there on high? Is it chilly on 25? They apparently are waiting until the END of the summer now. Why not just tell everyone you'll make a decision in 2009, and beat expectations? I thought the mayor was a developer.
  • hey cory - any news on this? i spotted it on skyscrapercity:

    The proposed 12-story student housing on Illinois St. between Walnut and St. Clair is going to be called Paramount Towers. i wasn't aware of any student housing going up in that area - and i think it's a great location!
  • Will they also be taking over some of the closed BP locations such as the one at Emerson and Washington or 56th and Georgetown? Those have been closed forever, just sitting there.
  • I am in the market for a gas station! I need one on 82nd Street somewhere between I-69 and the Castleton Mall entrance. There is only one station (Speedway) there, and it's always PACKED. I hate waiting in line forever and ever any time I want to get gas during the work day! I'll gladly welcome BP or ampm or Sheetz or WaWa or UDF or ANYONE!

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