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Thursday, April 28, 2005

SHELL we go to the nearby petrol station?

Shell retail outlet in Chennai

Petrol stations in India have been getting better by the day. Most of this change has come about in the last 5 years or so. IMO the BPCL outlet in Venkatnarayana Road and another petrol station outside the Woodlands Drive-in restaurant in Cathedral Road were pioneers in their own way. Fuel retail is becoming big and the players are pumping in lot of money. The latest to join this fray is Shell. If you recollect, Shell has had a very long presence in India in the form of Burma Shell. Business Line reports that Shell has opened its third Indian retail outlet at Arcot Road in Vadapalani, Chennai. It is quite a nightmare to drive in Arcot Road during the peak hours.
Indian petrol stations Vs the West
Going by the recent trend, I feel that these Indian petrol stations can turn out to be better than their western counterparts in more ways than one (given the fact that you need to fill petrol yourself in some of the petrol stations in the West).


  • ...in most of the gas stations in the West, you need to fill gas yourself and pay for tire air

    By Blogger YardBoy, at 12:09 PM  

  • REtailing in petrol pumps ---- i remember HMV selling a new film audio cassette in BP / HP pumps about 7 yrs back when there were no major retail shops but just through the boys.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 AM  

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    By Blogger Kay, at 9:22 AM  

  • Already it is i guess,i can think of BP fctory outlets that have come up with number of utility shops. I am talking about one in AnnaNagar

    By Blogger Kay, at 9:24 AM  

  • saw the one at vadapalani... it looks really sleek. but yes, it's really different from the West. if u look at it, even the ATM concept.. it's very different here. u cant just drive in to an ATM...

    By Blogger chikuado, at 6:33 PM  

  • Yes, now there is one at Pallikaranai, near Vijaya Nagar Velachery also. Service is damn good compared to the others..

    By Blogger Alexander Lobo, at 3:20 PM  

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