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Local BPs changing to Marathon - Owner of Starkville stations calls switch consistent with ‘Buy American’ philosophy

June 26, 2014

Tony Watts, job superintendent with Morrow Pump Service in Courtland, prepares one of the pumping stations at Brewski’s for conversion from BP’s decals to Marathon Petroleum Company’s decals Wednesday morning. His company had already covered one of the station’s BP signs with a temporary Marathon logo for the rebranding. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

Curt Crissey estimates it was 3.5 or four years ago when he became owner of every BP gas station in Starkville.

Crissey, who owns Brewski’s, Coconuts and several other stations in Starkville, said those stations converted to BP franchises while other previously existing BP locations switched to other franchises. Through this deal, he said BP offered a lot to his business. But this week, at all of Crissey’s BP franchises, signs of change are manifesting yet again, as BP’s familiar green and yellow blossom logo gives way to a blue tarp with a red “M.”

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