The most recent owner of the Getty service station at the corner of Main Street and Brick Kiln Rd. in Sag Harbor says he was losing money selling gasoline, and that is why he closed his business here at the end of the year. It is unclear what will happen to the station, or who its next tenant may be.
Jim Shelly, the owner of Georgica Services, Ltd., which ran the station for the past seven years, said a series of events, starting with the bankruptcy of gasoline provider Getty Petroleum, and rising fuel costs from the successor provider, made it impossible for him to make money selling gasoline.
When Getty Petroleum went bankrupt in April of last year, Shelly’s lease — which would have run through 2015 — was terminated. Getty Realty, a separate company which owns the real estate, subsequently entered into an agreement with gasoline provider Alliance Energy, who, Shelly said, charged him at a rate that made it impossible for him to make a profit. Representatives of Alliance Energy, Ltd., did not return calls for comment.
“I know they were looking for someone to run it,” said Shelly. “I’m surprised they closed it.”