Exxon in Cleveland Park becoming a Shell?

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3535 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“I just cut through the Cleveland Park Exxon – one of the pricier gas options in DC. Some guys in Shell uniforms were scraping the Exxon logos off. Is this a transfer of ownership or corporate gang warfare spilling on to the semi-suburban streets of Cleveland Park?”

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  • had heard from a few people this exxon was going to get developed like the one in adams morgan. Made sense given its an even pricier plot of land than the one in Adams Morgan and it sits atop a metro station. Guess its not the case after all. Had heard the same about the exxon across from comet too but no sign of that either.

  • The major oil companies like ExxonMobil, Shell and others have largely divested their retail operations, i.e. gas stations. They license their brand names to distributors who sell the company’s products and pay to use the brand. It’s very common to see gas stations switch from one brand to another, based on the licensing and distribution deals.

    • whatever, Anonymous, if that is your real name.

      This is clearly the opening salvo in a large scale major corporation battle in the heart of Cleveland Park. I fully expect the Coke dispensers at California Tortilla to be sabotaged by Pepsi followed by the Burger King raiding the former Pulpo former Tackle Box former McDonald’s just to plant a Whopper flag on formerly sacred ground.

      • PDleftMtP

        I expect the landlord to raise the rent by 50% and end up with a vacant building.

        • Fortunately, landlords that always make such stupid decisions will quickly go out of business.

          • I’ve found that most landlords in DC of small commercial properties (i.e. excluding the massive, publicly-listed CRE owners) inherit their properties and have no mortgage to pay. So they sit on it until the right tenant comes.
            Rule #1 of professional CRE investors: never sell.

  • This is a bummer, I live nearby and go to this Exxon to redeem my Safeway rewards. Up to $1 off per gallon sometimes. Guess I’ll have to find another Exxon.

  • Question: I’ve never seen it, but is it possible to put a gas station underground, like in a parking garage beneath a building? That would seem to make the most sense in a dense urban area.

  • If the report is correct, this station will soon be a shell of its former self.

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