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ONEIDA, N.Y. -- SavOn Convenience Stores converted its store at the corner of Genesee and Main Streets in Oneida to offer ethanol-free fuel only. The operator of 12 convenience stores in central New York noted that the move was in response to customer demand.
"At SavOn, we are always looking for ways to meet the needs of our guests," said Sean Brown, operations director for the convenience store chain. "Making non-ethanol fuel more widely available is just one step of the SavOn Stores evolution to provide a convenient shopping experience and a more diverse range of products."
Ethanol blending, part of the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard, is considered to be a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petroleum. Most gasoline at the pump is blended with a small percentage of ethanol.
However, according to SavOn, consumers using ethanol have struggled with fuel separation during storage and in wet environments, as well as "poor engine performance." The convenience store chain added that owners of snowmobiles, ATVs, boats and classic cars also prefer non-ethanol fuel.
SavOn's c-store at the intersection of Genesee and Main Streets became the fourth location to offer ethanol-free fuel. The other c-stores are located in Verona on State Routes 365 and 31; Oneida Lake at Routes 13 and 31; and the Lenox Avenue location in Oneida.
SavOn Convenience Stores are an enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation.