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    ExxonMobil Nears End of Its Direct-Served Business

    Individual dealers have executed their right of first refusal and have taken title to their businesses.

    By Melissa Kress, Convenience Store News

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Closings on ExxonMobil Corp. sites in New Jersey continue as the oil giant moves nearer to closing the books on its direct-served business.

    Ken Shriber, managing director of Petroleum Equity Group Ltd., told CSNews Online that "the vast majority of dealers" are taking title to their locations. He represented several dealers and he said those transactions have closed within the past few weeks.

    The news comes as one bidder of several of ExxonMobil's other locations in the Garden State prepares to close on a deal in early May. As CSNews Online reported on April 20, ExxonMobil divided its 200-plus sites spread throughout 13 New Jersey counties into four clusters to go out to bid. In compliance with New Jersey law, ExxonMobil's first step in the transaction was to offer eligible dealers a Right of First Refusal and bona fide offer to purchase their sites. Sites not bought by dealers are being sold to the winning bidders -- Group New Jersey II LLC, Lehigh Oil and NJ Energy Corp.

    John Sartory, managing director of Petroleum Capital and Real Estate LLC, said his company is representing one of those three winning distributors which won the bid for two of the four clusters.

    ExxonMobil began the task of selling all its company- and dealer-owned sites nearly four years ago. New Jersey was the last major market in which the company had a direct-served business. All the locations will continue to offer the Exxon gasoline brand.

     

    By Melissa Kress, Convenience Store News
    • About Melissa Kress Melissa Kress joined EnsembleIQ's Convenience Store News and Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner in November 2010. Her primary beats include alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Kress has been a professional journalist since 1995. A graduate of West Virginia University, she began her career in community journalism before moving to business-to-business publishing in 2000, covering commercial real estate.

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