Wilsons buys former Petro Canada

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - Nova Scotia-based Wilson's Fuels has purchased the assets for the former West Amherst Petro Canada and will reopen as an Esso gas station in mid-July.

Company spokesman Ian Wilson confirmed the purchase Tuesday, saying Wilson Fuels spent about $460,000 at a recent auction of the assets of the gas station that closed last December.
"We believe in the long term this is a good purchase," Wilson said. "We think we can be successful under current operating conditions using the Esso brand and the strength of that."
When the Petro Canada outlet closed, its operator, Roy Pettigrew, said the differing tax regimes between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick made it nearly impossible for him to compete as an independent retailer against outlets in Aulac and Sackville, where gas is on average between six and eight cents a litre cheaper.
Over the long term, Wilson expects the tax differences between the two provinces will narrow, though he admitted it's not a given that it's going to happen. The company is encouraged by election promises saying the motive fuel tax will be lowered along the border.
"We don't base our business case on any immediate action, but we believe the site has a lot of promise and the people in the area will support us," Wilson said.
Still, he said the location along the Trans-Canada Highway is attractive and the fact their capital costs weren't too high made it more attractive.
"It is unfortunate the previous owners ran into difficulties and we can understand the frustration they would have with what amounts to unfair competition that's out of their hands," he said. "That situation may not be there long term and we can be competitive. We believe it will be profitable."
Wilson said the sale includes the entire building, including the part that houses the West Winds Restaurant. Wilson's plans to talk to the operators of the restaurant in hopes they remain.

Organizations: Petro Canada, Esso, Trans-Canada Highway West Winds Restaurant

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Aulac Sackville

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Recent comments

  • JS
    January 18, 2010 - 11:16

    It would be nice if they have cash-and-carry furnace oil like some other locations. That would be a big drawing card around here I'm sure, probably even get people coming from Sackville instead of the other way around.

  • amanda
    January 18, 2010 - 11:09

    I also have dined there one time and that was also the last. Poor service poor food,, had to ask for untensils after the meal had been served, and never recieved drinks. Not one of amherst's best thats for sure.

  • IP
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Funny, I had lunch there the other day and thought it was great. Everyone knows restaurants are hit and miss. Some people just like to have something to complain about. I suppose if they put $20 bills in the mashed potatoes some people would complain they weren't $50s.

  • Frank E.
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    Too bad it wasn't opening as wilson's gas for the .02 a liter discount for paying cash or debit like other wilson's gas stations.

    And what effect will this have on Duffy's Esso I wonder?