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Branham's Exxon, 3400 Devine Street: 24 March 2012   6 comments

Posted at 11:47 pm in Uncategorized

There's been a lot of speculation in Have Your Say lately as to whether Branham's Exxon at the corner of Devine & Ott is open or not.

I think the answer is probably: It's open, but it's not Branham's. Commenter Nobody saw a sign there to the effect that it was closing 24 March 2012 after 35 years, but when I drove by, I saw the station open and with people actively filling their cars. A closer inspection on a later Sunday trip reveals that the streetside sign now says:

Gas Pumps Open
Thank You
Keenan Oil Co

while the other sign of the sign says that the "shop" (which could be the convenience portion, the auto bay portion, or both) is temporarily closed.

It appears that the station has been sold to Keenan which is, for the nonce at least, running it as a gas-only station. I certainly wish the owners a nice retirement, but it's sad to see another of the very few "mechanic on duty" stations left close. In fact, the only other one that comes to mind right now is Null's Exxon on Two Notch.

UPDATE 5 February 2013: It's now a Gaz-bah:

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Written by ted on April 3rd, 2012

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6 Responses to 'Branham's Exxon, 3400 Devine Street: 24 March 2012'

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  1. What galled me about this location is they only have a drink vending machine, no store, which is unusual for such a large gas station.

    Mike D

    4 Apr 12 at 5:56 am

  2. That's the way it used to be back in the day, Mike.

    tonkatoy

    4 Apr 12 at 6:36 am

  3. The station has always been owned by Keenan Oil. Branham operated the repair shop.

    David

    4 Apr 12 at 8:33 am

  4. I miss the "Full Service" Gas Stations..when people were ACTUALLY FRIENDLY, and gas was 35 cents or less a gallon.

    Saturday's child

    4 Apr 12 at 11:22 am

  5. The moveable letter sign out from now says COME SEE US AT GAZBAH 318.

    Dennis

    1 May 12 at 2:07 pm

  6. This station is still open and is the only place in Columbia area that still has full service. I know because my elderly father likes to use it and we had his car by there for full service just a couple weeks ago.

    christina

    26 May 12 at 8:49 pm

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