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Gulf Station, Convenience Store Opens on Stanley Street

You may remember a repair station located at 1204 Stanley St. The site held a garage since 1974. That changed last month when it was purchased and opened as a new gas station and convenience store.
“Don Arigian used to own it and he was a well-known fellow,” said Kevin Danby, Gulf distributor who takes care of stations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. “For many years he had sold gas as well as run a garage. He put it on the market and we approached him wanting to do something different with it.”
So, Danby, representing Gulf Gasoline, bought the garage. The dealer who will run the day to day operations is Mohammed Khan.
Khan runs a Gulf Station in Middletown and Danby said he is the perfect choice to run the new store in New Britain.
“He’s done a very good job with his gulf station,” said Danby. “I’m sure he will do great here.”
The new store hopes to follow the same path and give residents some great deals in the process.
“We have the lowest prices possible. Our gas prices are some of the lowest in the neighborhood,” said Danby. “And, we believe we are the cleanest store in town.”
The store sells lottery tickets, newspapers, gas, convenience food items, snacks of all kinds, desserts, Fresh Mountain Green coffee (99 cents for any size; see ad in newspaper), an ATM machine and much more.
“We have a little bit of everything for everybody,” said Danby. “We will be accepting EBT soon and all major credit cards.”
Future plans call for an area for fast food similar to a Subway and a drive through window.
“We have a lot of people looking at what we can do,” Danby said. “There is more space than people realize.”
Danby said moving to New Britain was a joy as people throughout the community have been great to him.
“Mayor Timothy Stewart has something to be very proud of with his economic development people,” said Danby. “They rolled out the red carpet for us and were fair and did a great job. Other communities don’t take that approach. I can’t say enough about the city of New Britain.”
Danby recently went to a North Oak NRZ meeting where he brought food and gift cards and he said the response was terrific.
“Rich Marzi (head of the NRZ) and others there greeted me like I was a member of the community and not an outsider,” said Danby. “It was teriffic.”
The store has several pumps, is well lit up and provides plenty of parking space.
Hours are presently 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but may be expanded in the future.