A gas station owner says he has been in a difficult situation for many years and says his business has not been able to stay afloat due to a lack of gas.
In the midst of a global oil boom, the gas stations on Long Island have become a hotbed of speculation as residents look for ways to save money.
The Atlantic Canada Gas Association says its members have to sell at least one gas station per month in order to survive, which means gas stations can lose their ability to serve their customers.
But Chris Brossard has been trying to keep his store afloat.
“It’s a bittersweet situation for sure,” said Brossar.
“There’s always something that could have been done better, but I don’t think I’ve ever had that in my life.”
Brossards business is one of a handful in Long Island that has a gas station in its name.
It was named in honor of his father, who was a mechanic and a member of the local fire department.
In a story published on the Atlantic Canada News website, Brossars son, Josh, wrote, “When I moved here, I never expected to have the opportunity to open a gas store.”
But he said he was overwhelmed by the response.
“When people see that they can buy something from us and that they have the option of paying for it, that’s a really exciting thing for us.”
He said he’s been selling gas for over 30 years and that his business was one of the first gas stations to open in the area.
“I know there were gas stations around this town for a long time,” said Josh.
“But not anymore.”
BOSSARD SAYS HIS BUSINESS HASN’T SEEN ANY STREAKS In a statement to CBC News, the Atlantic CAGA said the company’s members have the ability to sell up to two gas stations per month and that the association is committed to ensuring that members have access to a variety of retail and wholesale outlets in order “to enable them to compete on a level playing field.”
The statement also noted that it is in the process of reaching out to other gas stations, which include two gas shops in New York City and one in Connecticut.
But it said it would not be able to share information with media until the issue is resolved.
“We are committed to helping all members who want to participate in our business to make a viable decision,” the statement read.
“This issue was resolved in our favor with the support of our membership and the Atlantic City Police Department.
As a result of that process, members who are unable to sell their gas stations will have access at our New York, Connecticut and New Jersey stores.”
A spokesperson for the Atlantic Council of Gas Chambers of New York said the association has been working with the police department and the company to address the situation.
“The Atlantic CGC is working with law enforcement to ensure that members of the community can continue to operate their businesses safely,” said Lauren R. Ziehrschutz.
“In addition, the association will be monitoring all aspects of this situation closely to ensure there is no reoccurrence and to assist the police as necessary.”
The gas station that has been open since at least 2013 has sold gas to about 500 customers and the owner of the other gas station has said the store is profitable.
But Josh Brossardi says his gas station is not a success.
“To be honest, I have never sold gas in my whole life,” said the owner.
“For us, it’s been about just getting by.
We’ve had to work our ass off.
We didn’t want to sell, but we had to.
Our lease was up, so we had no choice.”