Another Convenience Store Operator Eyes Natural Gas Refueling

The Hartley Company, which opened its first service stations in the 1910s and currently operates Starfire, BP, Shell and Gulf fueling stations and convenience stores in Ohio, is adding compressed natural gas (CNG) to its offerings.

Hartley president Doug Hartley told The Daily Jeffersonian that the company intends to outfit a former BP station in Cambridge, Ohio, to pump CNG. The site is currently being leased to a used-car dealership, and Hartley's team will begin the renovations this fall.

Moreover, Hartley said he is planning to convert some of the company's own vehicles to run on natural gas – and will be courting other NGV fleets as customers.

‘Offering CNG to fleets will be our target, and [we will] eventually make it accessible to all consumers,’ he told The Daily Jeffersonian.

With its move toward CNG refueling, The Hartley Company joins large c-store chains such as Kwik Trip and Dandy Mini Marts, which have been making inroads into CNG recently.

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