Giant gas stations

How This Giant, Weird Gas Station Became a $30 Million Business
November 17, 2019 – 10:20 am

The Dallas Visitor's Bureau promotes this city with the tagline "Big Things Happen Here." Certainly the rest of the country associates Dallas with size. Big steaks. Big highways. Big belt buckles.

And, of course, big-thinking entrepreneurs. John Benda's gas station-he calls it a travel center-occupies eight acres and earns north of $30 million a year. By contrast, most stations currently for sale in Texas sit on an acre or less, according to a search of real-estate site LoopNet. Nationwide, gas stations with adjacent convenience stores typically rack up about $2 million in annual sales.

A second Fuel City in Lufkin, Texas, occupies 11 acres; and a third, opening this year in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, sprawls over a whopping 17. Benda recently acquired the land for a fourth Fuel City, in Fort Worth. "I can build two pretty good-sized ones for the price, " he says. "But I can build one huge one. So I am going to build one huge one."

But Benda's vision is far more complex and interesting than just building a big gas station. (Fuel City actually is not the largest station in Texas.) "I wanted to build a ranch in downtown Dallas, " he says. "I wanted people to see what this place was like before it was a city. So I brought in my longhorns and donkeys. I put in an oil derrick and a 90-year-old windmill."

And he positioned Fuel City as an entertainment mecca, with food that frequently makes best-of-Dallas lists, a car wash that features a view of the animals, and a swimming pool. As the local publication D Magazine put it, "calling Fuel City a gas station is like saying The Grapes of Wrath is a story about a car trip."

A vacant lot and a dream

Benda's background is as eclectic as his business. He was an entrepreneurial 10-year-old, retrieving golf balls from the lake at the country club his father owned, bagging them, and selling them back to the duffers. In the 1970s he attended several colleges-graduating from none of them-before embarking on a career that included life insurance agent, matchbox-advertising salesman, youth minister, and president of a disposable-lighter company.

In 1980 he acquired a smoke shop in downtown Dallas for $75, 000 and turned it into a convenience store called Friendly's. After a few years he sold that store for a small profit and opened another one. Then he did it again. And again.

You might also like
Fulton Bank to Gas Station To Giant, Columbia Ave
Fulton Bank to Gas Station To Giant, Columbia Ave ...
Grand Theft Auto 5 - Giant Explosion, Fight, Gas Station Skit!
Grand Theft Auto 5 - Giant Explosion, Fight, Gas Station Skit!
Science Wiz Science Wiz - Chemistry Plus Experiment Kit
Toy (Science Wiz)
  • Learn about The Alphabet of the Universe with Real Chemistry Experiments you can do
  • Pop hydrogen, search for naked protons and measure the pH of liquids
  • Flame test alkali metals, grow giant crystals and explore noble gases
  • Includes a full-color 48 page instruction book and materials
  • Authored by Penny Norman, PhD and edited by Ann Einstein
Top Race Top Race® Jumbo Airbus Airplane Building Blocks Set, Cargo, Pilot, Passengers, Aircraft, and Airport Station, 155 Pieces (Duplo Lego Size) Ages 3+
Toy (Top Race)
  • Top Race® Jumbo Airbus Airplane Building Blocks Set, Cargo, Pilot, Passengers, Aircraft, and Airport Station, 155 Pieces (Duplo Lego Size, Ages 3+)
  • Full Airport Set: Super Jumbo Airbus plane, Airport Radio tower, Fixing Station, Truck, Car, Pilot, 4 Duplo Passengers and Accessories
  • Realistic functions, Plane doors open like a real Airplane, Stairs roll out, Cockpit, Etc.
  • Figures can be bent, stand, and do all pretend airport work or sit in economy coach.
  • 155 Oversized pieces (Duplo Lego Size) for younger builders for ages 3 years and up.
Giant Dinosaur at the Gas Station! (Vlog 5)
Giant Dinosaur at the Gas Station! (Vlog 5)
Giant Gas Station Worships Rodent Humor.
Giant Gas Station Worships Rodent Humor.
Mattel Hot Wheels Ultra Metropolis Track Set
Toy (Mattel)
  • This massive collection of Hot Wheels track sets includes 10 Hot Wheels cars to get the fun started right away!
  • Hot Wheels Motorized Mega Garage has a working car elevator, turnstile, two car launchers and three levels
  • Construction Junction is reconfigurable and has a giant crane swinging in circles and snatching up cars
  • Brave the freeway ramp in the multi-level Speed Junction or take a pit stop in the parking area before racing off again
  • Pit Stop Station has a drive-thru diner, gas station with two pumps, and a car lift ready to service your ride
LEGO Lego Parts: Brick 1 x 2 (PACK of 6 - Black)
Toy (LEGO)
  • (PACK of 6) Black 1 x 2 Bricks
  • Released By Lego in 1963-Present in Sets
  • Found in the Following Sets: 8800 Vladek s Siege Engine, 8877 Vladek s Dark Fortress, 10175 Vader s TIE Advanced - UCS, 398 U.S.S. Constellation, 4712 Troll on the...
bellasdirect Children's Kids Luxury Garage Skyline Cars 4 free gift age 3 + by bellasdirect
Toy (bellasdirect)
  • Children s Kids Garage Parking Gas Station Lift Repairs Plant With 4 Cars
  • This Is Our Largest Garage In Our New Range Of Toys + A Free Giant City Play Mat
  • 55.5 cm 47 cm 43.5 cm
Popular Q&A
Does the Giant Gas Station sell eggs?

Giant Gas Station in Santa Fe, NM is a supermarket as well as a gas station, so I'm sure they do sell eggs. Phone: 505-984-2689.

Related Posts