Remember when ARCO blew up their credit cards? It was the beginning of their low-price, cash-only marketing strategy.
Since then, ARCO as been the major player in brand name discounted gasoline. But no more.
After 46 years in the Southland, ARCO stations will be replaced by Tesoro-owned USA Gasoline pumps.
BP, which has owned Arco since 2000, is not renewing its leases with Thrifty Oil Co. at 257 station sites. And about 100 ARCO franchisees will lose their stations as leases begin to expire in April.
It's all part of BP's plan to sell a 630-acre Carson refinery and leave the market.