Mobil & Texaco Gas Stations
A couple of years ago I noticed that Shell Oil merged (or bought out, I forget which) Texaco. Over time, all the Texaco gas stations in this area became Shell stations. The Texaco gas card I had was replaced by a Shell card I was sent.
Then Mobil & Exxon merged, and became ExxonMobil Oil. This didn’t appear to affect any of the gas stations I noticed, all the Mobil stations I frequented were still Mobil stations. I’ve been a Mobil customer for ages, mostly because of their use of the Speedpass system where you don’t have to mess with paying for your gas, it’s charged to your credit card through Speedpass. Anyway, I’ve loved that system for a long time.
However, this week, I noticed that two of the Mobil stations in my area are now Texaco stations! This has the immediate upside of eliminating my Speedpass there. The thing that makes me wonder about this is Mobil & Texaco never had a relationship that I’m aware of before. Plus I don’t see why they’re Texaco stations, as I was under the impression all Texaco stations became Shell stations per the buyout/merger awhile back.
So why are these stations becoming Texaco stations? Did Shell/Texaco buy out some Mobil stations and decided to rebradn them Texaco? Or is this a case of a local owner in my area deciding to switch from Mobil to Texaco?
Does anyone have any information about this? Thanks.