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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Giant Oil Inc., operator of nine retail stores in Florida and Ohio, and a distribution business in the Sunshine State, completed the purchase of 35 company-operated service stations from BP in the Dayton, Ohio market, and was recently closing some of the stations here for a few hours to perform necessary transitions as part of the acquisition, the Springfield News Sun reported.
"The company tries to make these changes as quickly as possible, Pat Carrano, office manager for Giant Oil, told the paper. "We don't want the stores to be closed -- we want them open for our customers."
The move allows Giant to expand its presence in the Ohio market, the report stated.
CSNews Online reported in October that plans for the stations include a renovation and expansion of the convenience stores at older locations. As part of the agreement, Giant will keep the BP banners at the stations, Valerie Corr, a spokeswoman for BP, told the Ohio-based Dayton Business Journal in October.
Giant Oil also purchased 26 BP-operated stations located in the Akron market in July, CSNews Online reported. Those locations also remained BP-branded stations.