And The Ugliest Gas Station Is …

It’s not easy making a gas station look good.

Especially a lower-tier brand, with cut-rate prices.

But at least the Mercury station — on the Post Road just east of Stop & Shop, by the Southport line — had a handsome line of trees behind it. They shielded some of the big parking lot behind it, near Michaels.

The Mercury gas station then …

No longer.

The other day, most of those trees were cut down.

Now Mercury is definitely one of the ugliest looking gas stations in Westport.

… and now. This is the view from the Michaels parking lot. (Photo/Seth Schachter)

But first prize goes to the former Mobil Self-Serve, next to Barnes & Noble. It’s been shut for over a year.

The landlord decided it wasn’t worth making mandatory upgrades to the tanks, along with corresponding improvements to the canopy, pumps and store.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

But at least they didn’t chop down the trees.

10 responses to “And The Ugliest Gas Station Is …

  1. Chip Stephens SHS 73

    At the proposal meeting for the Global upgrade the PandZ did discuss the trees for a time . Most of the trees were in bad shape or invasive
    We required quite a lot of replacement trees as well as new fencing on parking lot side and extra trees on the post rd side. We hit them hard on this and in their defense they were very receptive and will provide a well planted and more attractive space.
    Special shout out to Bruce Lindsay and Al Gratrix.

  2. You somehow forgot to mention that the entire site was being developed, the ugly block building was being removed and the new development would have to meet P and Z site plan standards.

  3. So what replaces the gas station?

    • A larger building with a convenience store. (enjoy your junk food while you inhale gas fumes) a much larger canopy and a freestanding sign with lighted letters and prices so everyone will know its a gas station as they drive by

  4. Mary Lou Cookman Schmerker

    Does anyone know if that was Freddie and Corky had flowers planted and some other landscaping and of course that was before the days of the large lighted price signs.

    • Mary Cookman Schmerker

      Something happened to part of what I was trying to post. Most likely my fingers did the damage.:) I was trying to ask: Does anyone know if this was the Texaco Station that my brother Corky and Freddie Fable managed in the mid 1960’s? I went on to comment that they had landscaping and flowers planted……

  5. Time for kudzu!

  6. Cristina Negrin

    And the beat goes on….there should be a treble clef emoji lol

  7. I remember going to that Mobil station with my dad when I was a kid. It was nice and fairly new at the time. Definitely wasn’t kept up, but hopefully a new tenant will do something with it. As for the Mercury station, I noticed the trees being gone recently. As posted below, these were not nice trees, and I’m glad to see they’ll be replaced by better ones. That being said, I loved going here for the low gas prices. We’ll see if they’re still competitively priced after they reopen.

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