The gas price numbers came down, wooden boards went up over the store's windows, yet no one Alameda Patch spoke to Tuesday knew why the Arco station on the corner of Park Street and Encinal Avenue closed last week.
City officials had no answers, and yesterday was the first day Rob Ratto, president of the Park Street Business Association, got wind of the business closure, according to Stephanie Prothero, marketing manager for the association.
"Rob has been running from meeting to meeting all day and hasn't had time to look into it," Prothero said.
Meanwhile, residents and employees at nearby businesses could only speculate.
“A couple trucks drove up, they started locking up the doors and nailing up the boards,” said Jennifer Lindsay, a cashier at Scolari’s Good Eats, located north of Encinal Avenue on Park Street.
Lindsay said the gas station was in full operation last week — she couldn’t recall whether it was on Thursday or Friday — but by early afternoon the station was boarded up. She wondered if maybe the property was undergoing renovations, but heard from coworkers that somebody bought the business. Neither speculation has been confirmed.
“It was the gas station I always went to,” said Lindsay. “It was the cheapest one in town.”
Sung Yun Lee, co-owner of Woori Market across Park Street, says she didn’t even realize the Arco was closed. She says she frequents the gas stations further north on Park Street.
While some find the abrupt closure strange, one Alameda resident says he won’t miss the gas station, preferring something a lot more “green” in its place.
“I thought it was an ugly business anyway,” said Rick Quisol, who lives a block away from the closed gas station.
Quisol says it won't be an inconvenience to fuel up his car elsewhere. In fact, he hopes the closure signifies a new local business and “not another fast food restaurant.”