UPDATE: Swifty Open Again; Reason For Brief Closure Revealed
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Thursday, March 27 at 8:41 a.m.:
Eagle 99.3 has gotten to the bottom of Wednesday’s closure of the Swifty Gas station on U.S. 50 in Aurora.
The reason: the station was undergoing a transition to a new ownership group.
Ports Petroleum Company, based in Wooster, Ohio, recently purchased the Aurora Swifty along with two other Swifty locations in Princeton, Indiana and Eaton, Ohio, said Ports Petroleum Vice President of Retail Joel Teague.
On Wednesday, the new company had to close the fuel station in order to remove old point-of-sale equipment and install their own. The station reopened for business at about 5:00 p.m.
Teague tells Eagle 99.3 that the Swifty name will be removed from the station and it will be rebranded as Fuel Mart. New signage could be up in the next four to five weeks.
One feature of the station popular with motorists was the full service. Teague says staff at the station will continue to pump the gas for customers.
“We wanted to offer excellent service and value to people in the community just as the station had in the past,” Teague explained.
Ports Petroleum was highly impressed with the staff and will keep those employees in place. However, the employees will be wearing new Fuel Mart uniforms.
Teague said Ports Petroleum is an American and family-owned company with operations in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and South Dakota. MOre information on Fuel Mart can be found at www.FuelMart.com.
Update posted Thursday, March 27 at 6:25 a.m.:
A popular gas station in Aurora mysteriously shut down Wednesday for much of the day. However, by Wednesday evening the Swifty station on U.S. 50 was open again.
The Swifty name on the price sign was noticeably covered up. Gas was marked at $3.53.
Swifty Gas & Oil corporate offices have not returned a request for information on the station closure. Several phone calls to the number listed for the Aurora location went unanswered Wednesday and Thursday.
A number of other Swifty stations throughout Indiana and Kentucky have closed or changed ownership and names in recent months. It’s unclear if that’s the case in Aurora.
Original story posted Wednesday, March 26 at 4:14 p.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) – The sudden closing of a popular refueling spot for Aurora-area motorists has customers asking “Why?”
The Swifty Gas station located on U.S. 50-Green Boulevard appeared to be shut down Wednesday. The price sign was blank, the Swifty name covered, and caution tape wrapped around the pump area.
Aurora Police could not offer an explanation on the station’s closure.
Eagle 99.3 attempted to contact Swifty Gas & Oil Company headquarters in Seymour, Indiana. Executives were unable to immediately respond to a request for information.
For now, all drivers looking for a full tank can do is speculate and fuel up elsewhere. However, not many other gas stations have an attendant to pump the gas for customers, which was a big draw for the Swifty location.