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    Southern Petroleum Converting Kentucky Stations to Valero Brand

    The addition of 26 sites expands Valero's presence in north central and southeast Kentucky.

    SAN ANTONIO -- Twenty-six Southern Petroleum gas stations in north central and southeast Kentucky are in the process of converting to the Valero brand. The agreement with Somerset, Ky.-based Southern Petroleum expands Valero's presence in the region.

    "We are very excited here at Southern Petroleum to join forces with the Valero family of brands," said Jonathan Arnett, president and CEO of Southern Petroleum. "We have received a very warm welcome and outstanding support from Valero on every level. We plan on a long-term relationship with Valero and are proud to have the new teal and yellow colors in our portfolio."

    Under the terms of the agreement, six sites in Shepherdsville; three each in Louisville, Frankfort and Shelbyville; and remaining locations that stretch from Bedford in the north to Whitley City in the south have been or will soon be converted, according to Valero.

    "When Valero purchased fuel terminals in Louisville and Lexington, we looked for a company to help us introduce the Valero brand to the Kentucky market," said Mark Westrick, Valero's director of branded sales for the north region. "Southern Petroleum has been a great ambassador for our company, and we look forward to continue giving the people of Kentucky another choice when it's time to fill their tanks."

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