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September 30, 2016

Any brand loyalty left for gas stations?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:25 pm

Some of you have been asking about all that construction work at 6101 Broadway on the island. I’ve done some snooping and learned it’s for a Texaco filling station.

An Exxon franchise once operated at the prime site, but more recently the business has gone by the name 61st Food Mart.Pearland-based Project Construction, the contractor, is giving the place a complete interior makeover and making some exterior improvements.

Robert Vaughn of Project Construction didn’t know the exact opening date of the Texaco. As soon as I know, I’ll buzz it.

But the rise of another gas station on the island made me wonder: Is there still brand loyalty when it comes to gas stations? I’m probably going to regret admitting this, but I’ve only pumped gas twice in my life — once was about eight years ago when my husband was in the emergency room at Mainland Medical Center. I was racing to see him but my car was on empty. He was in the hospital on the cell phone talking me through it while I put gas in my car.

Before my husband, I had a brother, father or boyfriend who indulged me.

Once, as an intern at the now defunct Houston Post, I paid a homeless man $5 to pump gas for me. He needed money; I needed help. My friends were appalled, but I thought it was a perfectly fair trade.

It’s not that I think I’m too fragile or posh to pump gas. But if you really think about it, who wants to breathe smelly fumes and get gas on your hands by pouring $50 in a hole? It’s an unpleasant experience just in general.

Interestingly, via Google today, I found a book called “Real Women Don’t Pump Gas.” But I digress.

My point in sharing all this is that I don’t pay much attention to gas stations. But if they brought back full-service stations, I bet I would. (Are there any around here, by the way?)

My husband uses his Kroger card for points, but isn’t so loyal he won’t stray if he sees a better price or stop where the restrooms are cleanest when we’re traveling.

What about you? What drives you to choose a particular gas station? Is it brand loyalty? Pricing? Location? The coffee? I’d really like to know.