- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Two brothers are proud their Davenport gas station hasn’t changed much for decades, but an international oil company doesn’t see it that way.

Dittmer’s Service had to switch to a new supplier after roughly 90 years selling Shell gasoline after a disagreement over whether to change the station, according to the Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1m1vJj5).

Co-owner Scott Dittmer said Shell demanded that a three-bay auto repair shop be removed to expand a convenience store.

“We didn’t meet their requirements, so they pretty much knocked us to the curb,” said Dittmer, who runs the business with his brother, Matt Dittmer.

Scott Dittmer said the station had sold Shell fuel since the late 1920s, and it continued to do so after his father Bill Dittmer bought the property in 1963.

While other stations were replaced with larger operations, the four-pump Dittmer station was largely frozen in time. The four mechanics who work there also sell limited items from a convenience store and will even pump gas for those not comfortable with self-serve.

“I believe we’re the only one left in the Quad-Cities that still does that,” Scott Dittmer said. “Service stations are a thing of the past.”

Dittmer says the repair shop has always been the main money-maker.

After they refused to invest an estimated $300,000 in changes demanded by Shell, the oil company dropped their affiliation.

“We didn’t meet their requirements, so they pretty much knocked us to the curb,” Dittmer said.

The brothers say they’ll operate as an independent station.

Shell representatives didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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