Full-serve Citgo closes in Oxford

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OXFORD – One of the few full-service gasoline stations in the area has been closed.

The Citgo Station located in front of the Oxford Plaza on Route 26 near the Norway town line closed down this week after its owner, C.N. Brown, and land owner Bob Bahre, a stockholder in the company, could not come to terms on a new lease.

“The lease term was up. We tried to renegotiate but couldn’t come up with one,” said Chick Wilkins, general manager of C.N. Brown.

Last year Bahre bought roughly one-third of the company’s stocks, but the Brown family retained majority ownership of the company.

C.N. Brown has owned the Citgo station for the past 15 years, but the site has been a gasoline station for a quarter of a century. The station was fairly unique in that it did not allow self-service pumping. C.N. Brown still operates two other “full service” stations in Paris and two years ago built a self-service gas station and convenience store with a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Welchville.

Although there has been speculation on the street that the station was closed to reduce costs after the Paris-based oil company was hit with a $157,500 Environmental Protection Agency fine in May, Wilkins said the decision was based on the failure to agree on new lease terms. The company is still expanding its gasoline station business, although not in the Oxford Hills area, he said.

The company has opened a new, expanded gas station and Big Apple Store on Route 2 in Bethel at the site of the old Shell station and within the next few weeks it will be partnered with a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through window, Wilkins said.

In addition to its heating oil business, C.N. Brown operates more than 90 Big Apple stores and 100 gasoline stations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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