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    American Gas & Oil Picks Up Five Standalone Meijer C-stores

    Michigan company rebrands them to CITGO.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — American Gas and Oil (AGO) continues to grow its CITGO footprint in western Michigan with five newly acquired area locations.

    AGO bought the convenience stores/gas stations from Meijer Inc. and converted them to the CITGO brand. The move builds on AGO's expansion efforts launched this past summer. 

    The gas stations are located in Alpine Township, Byron Township, Greenville, Kentwood and Lansing, according to American Gas and Oil, a CITGO Petroleum Corp. marketer.

    "These new locations are a great asset for American Gas and Oil and CITGO, and we look forward to providing quality service for our customers," said Jason F. Berris, president of AGO. "We've been working closely with Meijer to make this a smooth transition for both customers and employees. As a growing company, we're extremely proud to announce that all employees at these five new CITGO stations will either maintain their jobs at these locations or with Meijer."

    After undergoing a two-day transition period, the five locations began operating as CITGO fueling stations Friday. Grand-opening celebrations and community open houses will be planned for later this spring at the new CITGO locations.

    "The sale of these facilities is consistent with Meijer's broader desire to provide 'one-stop shopping' for our customers by having gas stations and Meijer supercenters connected through a single site,” Meijer spokesperson Joe Hirschmugl said in an email to MiBiz.com.

    Grand Rapids-based American Gas and Oil is a family-owned business that operates more than 30 CITGO locations in western Michigan.

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