Interesting. My favorite gas station, a full service Exxon in town, recently closed - and is becoming a burger joint.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday it is getting out of the retail gas business in the United States as sky-high crude oil prices squeeze margins.
Those branded service stations may be the most public aspect of Exxon's business, but they account for a small part of the company's profits.
Out of the roughly 12,000 Exxon Mobil branded stations in the United States, Exxon, the world's largest publicly-traded oil company, owns about 2,220.
Exxon plans to sell those service stations over several years. They include about 820 stations that it also operates.
The company will maintain the Exxon and Mobil brands, Exxon spokeswoman Prem Nair said.
Consumers will still be buying gasoline at stations that carry the Exxon and Mobil names, but they will not be owned by the company.
Service stations have struggled, even with $4-a-gallon plus gasoline prices because they have not been able to pass along to customers their additional costs from soaring crude oil.