Your store is right near the exit ramp on a road that is not only off a major interstate but also right where one of the cites premier shopping areas and largest employer also resides. In addition I would guesstimate that probably 5,000 - 7,000 cars pass by your station every day, twice, during rush hour. This being so, I would expect you to flourish as a business. You have done quite the opposite, bad pavement in the parking log, pumps falling apart and a crappy store are but some of your downfalls. Apparently, I am not the only one that thinks quite lowly of you.
Yesterday morning on my way to work I was running low on fuel. Despite not really wanting to stop at your location I did so since it seemed to be the quickest and most direct way to get what I needed and onto work. Well I went to go into your store around 7:49 AM and the door was locked...not only locked but the guy inside just watched as I attempted to open the door. Then I noticed the no weapons sign. I understand at one time you had a US Post Office counter there and that this was appropriate. Why now though may I ask? I walked away to my truck. As I was leaving your attendant opened the door and try to motion me in to which I replied "No thanks, I'll take my money elsewhere".
Here is the receipt for the $24.40 I spent at BP ($23.40 actually with a charity donation). Its not a lot, but its more than I spent at your place and more than the other ZERO patrons at your store at the time spent.
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You know, despite some reservations I do often patronize places with "no weapons allowed" signs on them when it does suit me and I do not feel any particular threat. Many in the 2A arena will argue that you don't always know when you will need a CCW, and this is true. However, my choice to carry is based on risk and threat assessments I make everywhere I go. To tell you honestly, at that time I may have actually gone back and locked my pistol in my truck and came back in...but then again with the level of service that I generally get there I let my feet (and dollars) decide to do the talking. So basically, bad service and facilities may have gotten my dollars...compile a no weapons policy with it (or visa versa) and its "adios" for me and my money.
Many in the 2A community will constantly avoid places with signs like yours. I would just like to point out that a store so closely located to major roads in the business that you are in are often the targets of robbery. When "Cracky the Crackhead" or "Melvin the Methhead" come in and point a pistol in your face I hope you remember that they didn't give a damn about your sign outside, but a licensed, trained and background checked individual did for entirely different reasons.
Now I feel better....