Biz Buzz: Southern Tracy welcomes gas station
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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New fuel stop opens
Karina Aguirre pumps gas at the new am/pm Arco station on Valpico Road on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The residents in southern Tracy can now fill up their vehicles on their side of town with the opening of an Arco station at 550 W. Valpico Road.

Owner and operator Dennis Acton said the Tracy station is the third in his collection of Arco franchises, with additional stations in Concord and Suisun City, and it has been well received by the local residents since its opening Oct. 11.

“The community has been really excited we’re here,” Acton said, greeting customers with a smile as they approached the registers Wednesday, Oct. 31. “Almost every customer, I’m getting thanks for being here. People are very happy they got a gas station.”

He said one woman told him she had waited 30 years for a gas station in southern Tracy.

On Wednesday, customers came in waves, filling up the gas pumps area. When one vehicle left, it wasn’t long before another took its place.

“It’s my second time here,” said Karina Aguirre, as she put gasoline into her pickup truck “Pretty nice; closer to my house now. I like that.”

Once he decided to open a business in Tracy, Acton said he was looking at the site near the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Valpico Road for two years. He said location is the key to success, along with good prices for gasoline.

Although the station’s am/pm convenience store offers the expected chips, jerky and sodas, offerings go beyond traditional.

What makes this Arco unique, Acton said, is a bake shop and hot food station with goodies all prepared on site throughout the day.

In addition to more than 20 baked goods, including Danish, doughnuts, concha, cinnamon rolls and cookies, the shop also sells corn and beef hotdogs, pizza, chicken and rib sandwiches and burgers, for prices ranging from $1.50 to $3.50 depending on the item. The fully stocked condiment bar includes jalapeños and salsa.

“It’s fresh food on the rack,” Acton said. “Food to go.”

The clean, well-lit gas station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the adjacent carwash offers one free wash with every three paid washes for $4.99 each.

“Everybody seems real happy we took this spot,” Acton said.

There are two other Arco stations in Tracy, at 3425 Tracy Blvd. and at 2430 Joe Pombo Parkway, that are not owned by Acton.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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backinblack
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November 03, 2012
Ornley, Looks like you have someone shadowing your comments, I believe this is the second or third time Mr. Freeland has posted his blah X 5 reply to your posts.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 04, 2012
Have my thoughts on who this is since th person don't seem ta have much ta say. But it's a free world an if they have nothin better ta do all day than ta wait fer me ta post an then comment what they want, its thair right an thair problem.

Did like an agree with yer comments on this article but ya really ticked Amleewhatevernumber when ya pointed out that her attitude towards just about everyone else also applies ta her as well.

Yep, people comment an that's good but when they start doin th thankin fer other people as ta why they may or may not have done th thangs they apparently did that's whair thay run inta trouble.

Don't come down too hard on her though cus it's a problem a great many Americans have taday who tend ta believe everythang th media tells em without every once considerin th media is written by men an women fer pay an not always accuracy or even with all th facts. These opinionated folks, an havin an opinion ain't a bad thang, tend ta try everyone based on what they see in th media instead of in a court of law that's designed ta sift through evidence ta establish fact before th person is convicted or exonerated.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 04, 2012
Th problem seems ta be so wide spread that ya'd thank it had become a national pass time, as I am shour ya know since ya seem ta look at a lot of media an thair comment sections.

Hey, I am guilty as well at times. Gotta remember th use th phrase, "in my opinion" more often so that th thangs that are opinions don't come across ta someone else as if I am sayin thair facts.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 05, 2012
Ornley_Gumfudgen,

This person, Mr.Freeland, has something to say. He always says "blah, blah, blah" to everything.

It simply means, he does not care to take the time to read comments he disagrees with. And cares little enough to engage in any form discussion above the communication style of a two year old.

If people are not willing to listen to each other, that's what happens. They begin to sound like arguing children, rather than adults, and refuse to rise to anything more.

Essentially, Mr.Freeland wants others to ignore him, but he wants the world to know there are people out there who simply don't care.
backinblack
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November 03, 2012
A good friend of mine owns a gas station in San Leandro and has been in the business for 20 years, he has said on a number of occasions there's not really any discernable differences between the various brands.

I can also throw in I use to own a 780hp Z06 and although I used mainly Chevron I never noticed a difference in performance when I filled up with other brands including ARCO.

Sorry Chris, you may want to think a little more before hauling off on one of your negative comments.

Insert your I own a gun reference here............
monsterdad3k
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November 03, 2012
It's a shame us poor people have to use cash and debit cards to pay for gas instead of racking up debt on credit cards like you rich folks.

walkingtall is right. no difference.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 03, 2012
Why is it a shame. By usin cash an debit cards ya don't run up interest payments. If yer so called "rich folks" don't mind payin those interest payments on thair debt it's a good thang. At least they are pumpin some of thair money back inta th economy.

Never could quite figure out th apparent envy people have that makes em worry about how someone else chooses ta spend th money they made.
Mr.Freeland
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November 03, 2012
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah....
ChrisRoberts
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November 02, 2012
Arco is the poor man's gas-station. Low quality gas and they don't even take credit card. What is this, 1957?
walkingtall
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November 02, 2012
In response to the poor mans gas you are wrong! This is not low quality gas at all! I do not work for these folks, but do want to say that I work in the industry and simply put, all gas is the same with the only difference being the additive packages each company adds to their fuel. If you want to pay more money for the big name stations, keep in mind all your are paying for advertising they do on tv trying to promote there product. Rest assured, in this case, the higher price doesn't get you a better product!

Bottom line, buy gas as cheap as you can because it is all good. I buy my gas from Costco!
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 03, 2012
...

Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) is an American oil company with operations in the United States as well as in Indonesia, the North Sea, and the South China Sea. [1] It has more than 1,300 gas stations in the western part of the United States....

...ARCO is known for its low-priced gasoline compared to other national brands, mainly due to an early 1980's decision to emphasize cost cutting (cash/debit-only policy) and alternative sources of income (ampm). ARCO is headquartered in La Palma, California.


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