Oil company acquires well-known stores in Clark, Yampa
Steamboat Springs — Weston Oil Company has begun to diversify its gasoline distribution business with the acquisition of two landmark retail stores at opposite ends of Routt County.
Owner Terry Weston announced this week that he is the new operator of the Clark Store in North Routt. Previously, he had purchased Lombardi’s Market, on Yampa’s southern edge, from his sister Jean Lombardi.
“We did it just to be a little bit diversified and also to strengthen ourselves as far as the Weston Oil Card for locals,” Weston said.
Although Weston Oil has long been primarily a wholesale distributor of gasoline, it has sold gas from pumps at its headquarters on Moffat Avenue.
Weston said it is his intent to preserve the eclectic Clark Store in its current state. He has purchased the business but will lease the building from Steve Stranahan.
Stranahan’s family owns the nearby Home Ranch, an internationally known guest ranch.
The Clark Store, on Routt County Road 129, has greater significance to the North Routt community than a typical service station/convenience store. It houses a post office, video rentals, deli and small liquor store. In summer, travelers going to and from Steamboat and Steamboat Lake State Park stop for giant ice cream cones served outdoors under a canopy.
“Steve Stranahan and I mutually approached one another,” Weston said. “They want us to be a central part of the community and that’s exactly what our philosophy is.
The new manager of the
Clark Store is Julie Shook.
The Yampa store, on Colorado 131, has undergone a major remodeling, which is nearing completion, Weston said. It is set apart from Yampa’s main business district and is visible to travelers between Steamboat and Interstate 70. Anyone headed for Vail or Glenwood Springs passes by.
The operation had always included a cafe, but the dining area was closed off from the cashier’s counter and convenience store aisles. Now, the entire space will be opened up to the view of customers, Weston said.
He intends to offer diesel fuel at both of his new stores with the pumps operating 24 hours to holders of the Weston Oil card. The card will offer customers about a 10 percent discount inside the stores and a discount of several percentage points at the pumps.
The manager is Doug Northrup.
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