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But I Won’t be Filling Up Today

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I was driving through Westfield, New York, when I spotted this old service station. You see a lot of abandoned businesses in small town America and some urban neighborhoods.

I drove a good three blocks past this one before I pulled into a driveway to turn around and go back to photograph it.

This business has been closed for a while, yet maybe not all that long. The pumps are still in as are some of the signs except those saying what the place is called or what oil company it was affiliated with.

The prices frozen on the pumps were close to the going rate on the day that I made this image.

The pumps are old by the standards of gasoline pumps. Many gas stations today have an expansive convenience store. Articles I’ve read have quoted owners of gas station franchises as saying they make more money off the sale of beer, snacks and other food items than they do gasoline.

It appears there was a convenience store operation here at one time and a bait shop here, too. But none of that was apparently enough.

So this property sits vacant and waits for a new future, whatever that might be.


Written by csanders429

October 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

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