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Title: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: ghYHZ on September 18, 2020, 12:41:14 PM
A Sign I haven't seen in Canada in probably 30 years.....a 'Gulf ' Station!.....and at a kinda out of the way location: Fundy National Park in Alma, New Brunswick. That's 'Irving' Country!  I haven't noticed another Gulf in the Maritimes but what about the rest of Canada?   

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50355729718_92c3d21675_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jHLh5w)
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: 1 on September 18, 2020, 12:42:50 PM
Was the electronic price display off, or is that just because of the way the photo was taken?

A bit off topic, but I once saw a "Golf" station with Gulf's orange circle logo.
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: ghYHZ on September 18, 2020, 12:45:38 PM
It was off but gas was 94.5
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: kphoger on September 18, 2020, 01:14:38 PM
Gulf has entered Mexico as well.  I filled up at one in March.
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Mapmikey on September 18, 2020, 01:35:32 PM
Was the electronic price display off, or is that just because of the way the photo was taken?

A bit off topic, but I once saw a "Golf" station with Gulf's orange circle logo.

Here is a Guff service center (no longer there) that kinda borrows the Gulf logo on VA 231 in Cismont - https://goo.gl/maps/kZ2uzHTpETfxF4hc7

Off topic (but still off-brand...) was this Nobil station on US 29 north of Madison VA I photographed in 2007.  it's a Sunoco now.

(http://www.vahighways.com/oldsigns/nobilstation.jpg)
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 18, 2020, 06:43:16 PM
That garage in Sherbrooke on PQ-216 is now a Gulf garage since last year. https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4276597,-71.8688877,3a,75y,82.53h,97.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shO_1veZnPML1X-YvuDuNDg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Edit: That Gulf station in Alma, NB is still there from what I saw on the recent Google streetview.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6006352,-64.9461005,3a,75y,350.13h,93.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shF8R5fL78U1ef1rbBxVr8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: SectorZ on September 18, 2020, 08:23:46 PM
That garage in Sherbrooke on PQ-216 is now a Gulf garage since last year. https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4276597,-71.8688877,3a,75y,82.53h,97.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shO_1veZnPML1X-YvuDuNDg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Edit: That Gulf station in Alma, NB is still there from what I saw on the recent Google streetview.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6006352,-64.9461005,3a,75y,350.13h,93.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shF8R5fL78U1ef1rbBxVr8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I want my car serviced at "LubExpress".
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: ghYHZ on September 19, 2020, 08:58:36 AM
Edit: That Gulf station in Alma, NB is still there from what I saw on the recent Google streetview.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6006352,-64.9461005,3a,75y,350.13h,93.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shF8R5fL78U1ef1rbBxVr8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Yup.....I took the picture two weeks ago. Wonder who's gas you're actually getting as I said I haven't seen any other Gulf Stations in the Maritimes (and Irving's Refinery is only about 100 klicks away!!)
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: cbeach40 on September 21, 2020, 10:21:28 AM
We got them in Ontario starting back in 2015. As I understand it Gulf got a network of independent retailers to rebrand as Gulf stations. Seems pretty sporadic still here though.
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: formulanone on September 21, 2020, 10:16:20 PM
A bit off topic, but I once saw a "Golf" station with Gulf's orange circle logo.

...might not be the same one, but here's a "Golf" in Plant City, Florida in 2012:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/5469/30813142646_e4bf5d2527_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NWRpN7)
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: jakeroot on September 22, 2020, 12:11:21 AM
There is only one in BC. Way over in Oliver, in the Okanagan, not far from the WA border: https://goo.gl/maps/svAmDBUuSNxPwKxW8

Other than that, the closest Gulf to the Lower Mainland is in Ferndale, WA: https://goo.gl/maps/xnpJhBuAoBxTyC2f6
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Rothman on September 22, 2020, 08:52:12 AM
I was in Alma last summer and I saw the station and may have filled up there.  Didn't know it was such an oddity.
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: 1995hoo on September 22, 2020, 09:03:16 AM
Was the electronic price display off, or is that just because of the way the photo was taken?

A bit off topic, but I once saw a "Golf" station with Gulf's orange circle logo.

Here is a Guff service center (no longer there) that kinda borrows the Gulf logo on VA 231 in Cismont - https://goo.gl/maps/kZ2uzHTpETfxF4hc7

Off topic (but still off-brand...) was this Nobil station on US 29 north of Madison VA I photographed in 2007.  it's a Sunoco now.

(http://www.vahighways.com/oldsigns/nobilstation.jpg)

We could probably have a whole thread on the off-topic side, if we wanted, about knock-off brand names. I recall when I was a little kid, there was a hotel down at the south end of Nags Head called the Armada Inn—it was built to be a Ramada, but the chain rejected it, so they reversed two letters. There used to be a couple of Six Twelve convenience stores in Fairfax City. Then there were these two places in Brooklyn, both at the same intersection and both owned by the same guy (he initially named the second one "New Kentucky Fried Chicken," but they sued him and he changed those two letters):

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/bklyner/bklyner/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Eleven-7-702x527.jpg) (https://preview.redd.it/srzz8e0dlxm41.jpg?auto=webp&s=8cdf44fd4b41d958824e126dba6ac0b762ceebd6)
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Scott5114 on September 23, 2020, 01:54:38 PM
If you're going to do a knockoff of KFC, why not just change the state? Tennessee Fried Chicken, Georgia Fried Chicken...or hell, Kansas Fried Chicken if you really want to pretend to be "KFC".

Although I don't really get the purpose of doing a knockoff brand anyway. Nobody's going to really think that you're a real KFC...or if they're stupid enough to fall for it, they're also stupid enough to argue with you and try to use legit KFC coupons or make you honor promotions the real KFC is advertising, despite the fact that you're selling burgers and seafood at your "NKFC".
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: 1995hoo on September 23, 2020, 09:03:44 PM
If you're going to do a knockoff of KFC, why not just change the state? Tennessee Fried Chicken, Georgia Fried Chicken...or hell, Kansas Fried Chicken if you really want to pretend to be "KFC".

....

Read this, as well as the page linked there. Read the whole thing. This is great stuff.

https://forgotten-ny.com/2004/12/chicken-shacks-ken-clucky-fried-imitators-around-town-by-mike-epstein-of-satanslaundromat/
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Bluenoser on January 14, 2021, 07:36:02 PM
Edit: That Gulf station in Alma, NB is still there from what I saw on the recent Google streetview.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6006352,-64.9461005,3a,75y,350.13h,93.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shF8R5fL78U1ef1rbBxVr8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Yup.....I took the picture two weeks ago. Wonder who's gas you're actually getting as I said I haven't seen any other Gulf Stations in the Maritimes (and Irving's Refinery is only about 100 klicks away!!)

XTR Energy has rights to the Gulf brand in Canada, so they're most likely sourcing what XTR stations in the region has...IIRC that Gulf in Alma is an ex-Irving location. Add Lac du Bonnet, MB as well to the list of Gulf locations, it's on Street View (ex-SHell location).
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: ErmineNotyours on September 18, 2021, 10:08:29 PM

Other than that, the closest Gulf to the Lower Mainland is in Ferndale, WA: https://goo.gl/maps/xnpJhBuAoBxTyC2f6

Uh, that's just "Gull".  Still a much reduced brand, and worth saving.
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: jakeroot on September 19, 2021, 04:40:29 PM

Other than that, the closest Gulf to the Lower Mainland is in Ferndale, WA: https://goo.gl/maps/xnpJhBuAoBxTyC2f6

Uh, that's just "Gull".  Still a much reduced brand, and worth saving.

I cannot believe I didn't notice that.  :-D :-D
Title: Re: A 'Gulf' Station
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 21, 2021, 08:36:09 AM
Was the electronic price display off, or is that just because of the way the photo was taken?

A bit off topic, but I once saw a "Golf" station with Gulf's orange circle logo.

Here is a Guff service center (no longer there) that kinda borrows the Gulf logo on VA 231 in Cismont - https://goo.gl/maps/kZ2uzHTpETfxF4hc7

Off topic (but still off-brand...) was this Nobil station on US 29 north of Madison VA I photographed in 2007.  it's a Sunoco now.

(http://www.vahighways.com/oldsigns/nobilstation.jpg)

We could probably have a whole thread on the off-topic side, if we wanted, about knock-off brand names. I recall when I was a little kid, there was a hotel down at the south end of Nags Head called the Armada Inn—it was built to be a Ramada, but the chain rejected it, so they reversed two letters. There used to be a couple of Six Twelve convenience stores in Fairfax City. Then there were these two places in Brooklyn, both at the same intersection and both owned by the same guy (he initially named the second one "New Kentucky Fried Chicken," but they sued him and he changed those two letters):

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/bklyner/bklyner/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Eleven-7-702x527.jpg) (https://preview.redd.it/srzz8e0dlxm41.jpg?auto=webp&s=8cdf44fd4b41d958824e126dba6ac0b762ceebd6)

I re-read that thread and it's bring me flashbacks of McDowell's from the movie "Coming to America".