DETROIT — Some independent owners of BP gas stations in Michigan say they have switched or are trying to switch brands amid customer boycotts sparked by the continuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Abdel Berry, who owns three BP stations in the Detroit area, is converting two of them to the Sunoco brand. Berry said business is down at one location from 800 gallons to 500 gallons a day.
“It’s either change or go out of business,” he told the Detroit Free Press for a story Wednesday.
Station owner Fred Asmar said he’s under a multiyear contract with BP so he can’t switch. He has lowered prices at his Detroit station to bring back customers but business is still down.