Oak Creek Sinclair station closed indefinitely

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A sign on the Oak Creek Sinclair gas station states it is closed indefinitely.

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— An empty gas tank in Oak Creek means South Routt motorists and convenience store shoppers are out of luck.

The Oak Creek Sinclair unexpectedly closed this week, leaving the South Routt town and Stagecoach without a local gas station, just days before Memorial Day tourists and campers begin rolling into the area with trailers, RVs and boats. The nearest gas station to Oak Creek is the Yampa Conoco, about 10 miles south.

"At least temporarily, we're closed," said Steamboat Springs resident Jon Peddie, owner of the Oak Creek Sinclair.

Peddie said Friday that despite the lack of competition in Oak Creek, the gas station wasn't doing enough business to remain open.

"Basically, it is very difficult for a small gas station with smaller (sale) volumes to be competitive with Steamboat," he said. "A lot of people who live in Oak Creek work in Steamboat, so they get gas in Steamboat. Without the support of the local market, it's real difficult to survive."

Peddie also owns a Sinclair station in Steamboat Springs, on U.S. Highway 40 at Hilltop Parkway. The Sinclair on Mount Werner Road is corporate-owned, a manager at that station said Friday.

Peddie said prices at his two gas stations are "pretty much the same," but acknowledged that gas is slightly cheaper in Steamboat.

"We don't blame anybody for trying to buy gas at a location where it costs a little less," he said. "But South Routt really needs to support South Routt businesses."

Stagecoach resident Wayne Flint, a concrete worker having lunch at Oak Creek's Black Mountain Tavern, said he won't miss the Oak Creek Sinclair.

"I never stopped there anyway," Flint said. "The diesel there was more per gallon than anywhere else."

Peddie said rising gas prices - which are about $3.30 for a gallon of unleaded at local stations, and have hit record-high nationwide averages in the past week - were a factor in shutting off the pumps. The station's convenience store, managed by Oak Creek resident Norm Hoskinson, also is closed.

"When the margins in gas are relatively small as they are, the costs and fees become more than your profit. It's a really difficult time in the gasoline industry," Peddie said. "As painful as it is for the consumer, it's certainly not fun for gasoline stores either, when gas prices are this high."

Hoskinson and Oak Creek Town Board member Stephen "Spike" Beven, an employee at the Oak Creek Sinclair, could not be reached Friday.

Oak Creek Deputy Town Clerk Vivian Johnson said the closing - which she first heard about Wednesday - is "sad for the people of the town."

"We need our gas station," Johnson said. "Now we have to go somewhere else, and that makes it a little rough."

Finding gas could also be rough for holiday tourists and campers at Stagecoach Reservoir next weekend.

Colorado State Parks Senior Ranger Kathleen Fischer said 83 of the 92 campsites at Stagecoach State Park are booked for Memorial Day. That means more than 100 people, plus single-day visitors and boaters, will need to fuel up elsewhere before hitting the reservoir.

Park Manager Craig Preston said fuel sold at Stagecoach Marina is strictly for boats. He added he wasn't sure how much of a problem the lack of local gas for vehicles would be.

"I think it's going to be interesting," Preston said. "Hopefully people won't cut it too close."

On Friday afternoon at the reservoir, Debbie Smith and Maureen Quandt of Denver said they visit Stagecoach every summer. Last year, they got lost after taking a wrong turn in South Routt, and just made it to the Oak Creek Sinclair in time to fill up their tank.

"I'm not sure what we would have done if it had been closed last year," Smith said. "(The closing) will mean more pre-planning for people, that's for sure."

Peddie realizes the Oak Creek Sinclair is closing just before the busy summer season.

"Summertime volumes are typically higher. We are right now entering a time of year when you hopefully do make some money," he said. "We need to figure out how we can get it back open. We would love to re-open as soon as possible, and we're looking at ways to do that. But we need the support of South Routt."

Comments

Scott Wedel 7 years, 5 months ago

southrouttmucker, If my rent is not fair then you should not be complaining to me, you should tell my tenants where they can find a better deal. They might appreciate it. Though, I filled my last three vacancies via word of mouth so if my rent is unfair then it is apparently more likely to be unfairly low than unfairly high.

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thecondoguy1 7 years, 5 months ago

this is to bad, I stopped there but admit only bought drinks and snacks, we are going to miss the security of this being there.................

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Camo181 7 years, 5 months ago

If the Oak Creek Sinclair owners expect the people of South Routt to support their business, then the owners need to stop gouging the people of South Routt--we have filled up in Steamboat at the Mt. Werner Sinclair for about 20-40 cents cheaper!

Here's your sign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

Don't you love it when a failure such as this the blame is always placed on others instead of where it belongs. Jon Peddie must have taken classes from the Benjamin's.

Mr. Peddie states "Without the support of the local market, it's real difficult to survive." And also says "we need the support of South Routt." plus "But South Routt really needs to support South Routt businesses." and this jem ""We don't blame anybody". What a bunch of bs as that is exactly what you are doing Mr. Peddie. The best one is this- Peddie said prices at his two gas stations are "pretty much the same". Consistently gas prices at this station were minimum of 10 cents higher and at times double that then they were in Steamboat or Yampa. This difference in price which to many is considerable was a management decision by the operator Norm Hoskinson. Another command decision Hoskinson has made at his lumberyard in Oak Creek is too close at 4 p.m.. Mr.Hoskinson is not known in this area for his business brilliance. So cry me a river but do not insult me and others who live here Mr. Peddie by blaming us for your and others failures. People who live in this area unquestionably will support any business that gives people what they want at a reasonable price. When this station reopens if it is business as usual it will fail again. The same way with Chelsea's, when it reopens which I understand is the case and the food is mediocre along with the service plus the high prices it will fail again because chances are people here probably won't not support it along with your gas station because it does not give the consumer what they want. Simply put people feel like they're getting screwed.

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

There is a picture in the paper with some text saying injuries were minor. Don't think that is available on line at this time. Maybe this will be covered tomorrow.

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Dukebets 7 years, 5 months ago

Nice post Mucker. And, now on to you slapper. You evidently no zero about the gas business. By putting blame on Hoskinson, you have truly shown your lack of intellect. The lease that Hoskinson paid was absolutely horrendous and I can 100% guarantee his margin on fuel was actually less than any other station around. In fact, I would bet that the stations in Steamboat, like Peddie's make nearly 20 cents a gallon. Norm's prices were higher because he had to buy gas from Peddie who gouged him a dime for delivery. Which would translate into Norm making approximately 15 cents a gallon even at the higher prices. To sum it up, don't be bashing Norm there Slapper!!!!!!!!!

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

A mistake on the post above but to answer you two guys if what you say is correct then it is also correct to say a business decision was entered into that could have been better. Will you say the same if the lumber yard closes?

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whyquestion 7 years, 5 months ago

isn't this AMAZING the Xmayor had $$$$ in this busines with hoskinson????? Wonder what her involvment is now????Remember the thrift store she ran for the Brigges????? didn't that go under also????? How about that youth arcade she ran and owed money for rent when it closed after a short time?????

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

and by the way mucker monkey- the 3.34 is days old the last overpriced price posted at the station. at that time S&H was 3.24 or 3.19. you be the stupid one.

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

mucker monkey- what part don't you understand. focus boy focus. norm should market his business plans. can see it now-braniac norm's proven business plans for success.

make a tiny attempt to understand- i said " Consistently gas prices at this station were minimum of 10 cents higher and at times double that then they were in Steamboat or Yampa" . you said i was wrong and stupid and that you know all. i said "the 3.34 is days old the last overpriced price posted at the station. at that time S&H was 3.24 or 3.19. " that is 100% correct and supports the first statement.

you are and will probably remain the stupid one

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bcpow 7 years, 5 months ago

Are you 2 spending a lovely day just waiting to respond to the other. Get a life and go have a drink together.

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Scott Wedel 7 years, 5 months ago

It is bizarre to read previous posts arguing about gas prices when Peddie, the owner of the gas station acknowledged in the article that prices were higher in OC than in SB.

The OC Sinclair also faced tough competition because the Yampa gas station as well as SB Shop n Hop gas station on hwy 40 are consistently cheaper, the Mugshot is a better place to get coffee and snack in the morning and the Select Super is open well into the evening. Customers had alternatives and went there.

It does annoy me to see Peddie repeat the excuse of blaming South Routt for not supporting South Routt businesses. The business owners I talk with are seeing improved sales. The OC economy is better than it has been. People are being hired into good jobs, virtually no one is being laid off from a good job. Merely opening a South Routt business is not sufficient to create a loyal customer base. The fundamentals such as good service and fair prices cannot be ignored.

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corduroy 7 years, 5 months ago

this is really too bad. I only lived in the OC for 6 months when I first moved here a few years ago, but I used that gas station fairly often. Sometimes I could get home, but wouldn't have enough gas to get back to work the next day. I was seriously considering moving to South Routt, but this is going to change things a bit. I guess Hayden is my next option, or leave this crazy place until things mellow out a little more. Steamboat really is becoming a town full of rich people from out of state, they're the only ones who can afford these prices!

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 4 months ago

Business owners also need to use a little common sense, I quit using the OC station when the "queen of oc " was holding court there. In Stmbt or Yampa I could pay for gas, get lottery tickets, soda etc., without having to wait a half hour while they discussed politics. Not being one of her supporters and going into that station during her reign was at the very least uncomfortable, it was easier to go elsewhere.

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bluntman 7 years, 4 months ago

musknosumpin; in all probability, JQ refers to the former mayor who quit. you know- the one who once said that she supports herself with proceeds from scratchy lotto tickets and her renters. i fully agree with the last sentence in JQ's post, btw. i'm sure that many others would as well.

hard to imagine the place not re-opening with gas prices fast approaching the $4/gal. mark, not to mention that the previous manager(s) of said station could add a $.20/gal. premium (over other local stations) as a matter of routine. no doubt it was in a futile attempt to cover the over-inflated rents charged to them by a greedy owner who resides outside of the Community and couldn't care less.

p.s. i think hash_g might be onto something there ^ maybe consider running for S.S. town council in November, G-man? they sure could use a voice of reason and rational thinker sitting on that board.

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