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    End of the Road for Mid-West Easy Stop

    Owner: Closing stores was a business decision.

    ENID, Okla. -- The sudden closings of five Mid-West Easy Stop convenience stores in Enid, Okla. last week was a business decision, said owner Don Stehr.

    "We're basically selling the properties," Stehr said.

    All stores, with the exception of one, were shut down effective Monday morning. Efforts are being made to find store employees other jobs. "We just thought it was good business," Stehr said.

    The remaining store was sold to Stehr's son, Chris, who soon will change the store name, according to The Enid (Okla.) News and Eagle.

    Customers were greeted with locked doors at the five closed Mid-West locations. A sign from "Joanne" on the door of the store at 525 S. Van Buren Monday stated the store would not be open any longer.

    In the note, Joanne and employees thanked their "loyal customers" and said "... we will miss you, and we appreciated your business and friendship."

    The first Mid-West store opened in Enid in 1974. More stores opened thereafter throughout town and sold fuel under the Phillips and Fina brands.

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