Low-price gas competitor coming to Miller Road

FLINT TWP. — As the price of gasoline inches toward $4 a gallon and beyond this spring and summer, the hunt for cheaper fuel along the busy Miller Road corridor will include another shopping choice after the opening of an Admiral gas station just west of the I-75 freeway.

An Admiral Petroleum Co. spokesperson declined comment on when the station will open or to provide hiring information but said the station still is in the remodeling phase and will be opened as soon as possible.

It will be the tenth Admiral station in Genesee County, based on a count of stations listed on the company’s website. Admiral already has a Miller Road location in Swartz Creek.

The new station will occupy a former Marathon station, 3265 Miller Road, that has changed hands several times in the past five years and will vie with a Speedway and a BP gas station, both on Miller Road, as it nearest competitors.

Workers have been busy at the station for a few weeks installing new pumps, signs and fascia and doing other remodeling work.

Tracey Tucker, of the township building department, said that no permits other than for signage are needed for the new station because its use is not changing.

“It’s nice to have another building sold,’’ she said of the structure that has sat vacant for several months.

Admiral ranks frequently among the lowest priced gas stations in the county on websites that help motorists find stations with the lowest gas prices such as www.michigangasprices.com .

Coopersville-based Admiral began in Greenville in the 1950s and was incorporated in 1956, according to information on its website.

It was among the first gas stations selling milk, bread and other commodities, pioneering a now common industry-wide convenience store concept.

Admiral’s mission is to provide “fair value’’ to customers by eliminating the middle man, buying bulk and direct distribution to its stations.

Admiral has more than 1400 employees and operates more than 165 stores in Michigan and Indiana, according to its website.

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