The OB Rag had heard that the Ocean Beach ARCO, at the prominent corner of Newport and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, was closing. As I drove by the site yesterday afternoon, I noticed workers placing items into a white van, and the yellow, caution tape draped across all the pumps. So I parked and went looking for answers.
Inside the station itself, 95% of everything had been removed. There were some former ARCO workers milling about, papers in hand and a woman videotaping what remained. After asking her if I could speak to her for a minute, Jennifer informed me that ARCO did not renew their lease with the property owners of the site. So, the property owners were leasing it out to Shell, which owns USA Gas, and it is USA Gas that will be the new station going in. It will be open in about a week I was told.
I asked a couple of the ARCO workers standing around if they had been given notice, and one guy said, sure, they had given him plenty of notice. Whether he and the others still had jobs was another matter altogether.
Meanwhile, I was informed, that ARCO is taking over the Shell site at the corner of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Jennifer – who works for Shell – could not confirm that.
Wow, I thought, musical chairs for gas stations. Shell and USA Gas take over the old ARCO station site, and ARCO takes over the old Shell site.
One of our readers found a link to an article about how BP (British Petroleum) – which owns ARCO – is closing 100 gas stations in Southern California – see this: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/arco-344987-thrifty-stations.html .