Tankless site: We Pump It officially for lease
Last week, the underground storage tanks were pulled from the popular Ivy Road service station, the IDG Citgo, a.k.a. "We Pump It," dashing the last hopes of customers that a white knight might ride in to rescue the station and save them from ever again having to pump their own gas.
It's not to be. The station is available for a $4,500-a-month lease, and its owner, Barbara Talbott, is looking for a long-term tenant, according to Ed Brownfield with the commercial real estate firm of Grubb & Ellis.
"Someone could come in and build their own building," says Brownfield. Which means the current 1,300-square-foot building with its touchless carwash would be a teardown.
The station's last day open was September 30. Its owner, Mansfield Oil in Georgia, decided to close its only retail store, leaving the station's loyal customers even more disoriented than when gas went over $4 a gallon and the attendants had to double the price on the pumps, which were unable to calculate such highs.
Long known for offering gas at prices matching the giant Shell station next door, We Pump It allowed customer to fill-up while tapping their Blackberries or bantering with the staff, who would check the oil and other fluids for no extra charge.