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    Englefield Oil Grows Reach

    The acquisition of 42 BP gas stations raises the chain to No. 2 in the central Ohio market.

    HEALH, Ohio -- What all began as a man and a truck in 1961 is now is one of the largest convenience store and gas station operator in central Ohio, as family-owned Englefield Oil Co. closes a deal for nearly every BP-operated station in Columbus and its suburbs, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

    The 42-store purchase brought the chain's store count to 138, and with it Englefield becomes the No. 2 c-store operator in Central Ohio with more than 60 stores, and
    second only to Speedway SuperAmerica's 70 locations in the region, according to the report. CSNews Online reported when the purchase was announced in mid-December that the addition will raise the company’s annual sales to more than $1 billion. Most of the stations are ampm branded, and Englefield plans to maintain those banners. Sites not branded ampm will be reimaged to Englefield's Duke and Duchess name.

    "These are lip smackers," described company co-president, Ben Englefield, on the strength of the BP locations.

    Englefield shares the top job with his brother Bill Englefield IV, according to the report. But sibling rivalry is not an issue, according to Bill Englefield.

    "We don't have a lot of disagreement," he told the paper. "If one of us feels strongly against doing something, then we just don't do it."

    He added there was little doubt about the most recent deal when the BP stores became available. Englefield Oil offered advantages over other potential suitors, such as its existing relationship with BP from a previous purchase of several stations. In addition, Englefield's existing stations didn't overlap with the BP sites, the Dispatch reported.

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