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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thirty-seven former PCF Saleco sites in the Kansas City area have resumed selling gasoline. The gas stations and convenience stores are branded under the Conoco and Phillips 66 names.
According to the Kansas City Star, an operating agreement among GasMart USA, Phillips 66 and PCF Saleco allowed the gas stations and convenience stores to resume operations last weekend.
The stores temporarily shut down due to alleged financial problems at PCF Saleco.
Overland Park, Kans.-based GasMart now manages the 37 former PCF Saleco properties that recently reopened. GasMart now operates 108 gas stations throughout the Midwest.
"We worked all weekend to get the pumps up to take credit cards and sell gas," Kevin Lott, GasMart’s vice president of operations and merchandising manager, told the news source. "Now we’re working with our suppliers to get the stores filled again."
Lott added that GasMart hopes the 37 stores will become part of its long-term portfolio. "The whole situation made our heart go out to the community that wanted to buy gas at ‘their’ station," he told the news outlet.
PCF Saleco was the subject of an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed in July by creditors who said they were owed $1.65 million.
The Kansas City area was not the only place suffering through c-store/gas station shutdowns. PCF Saleco stores in Albuquerque, N.M., have faced a similar fate.
A Phillips 66 spokeswoman referred comment to GasMart when contacted by the Star. PCF Saleco officials were unavailable.