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Businesses that sell BP gas doing okay for now


By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's business as usual at Fayard's BP on Pass Road in Biloxi. Customers come in and buy something, others fill up their cars at the pumps, and Alvis Fayard cuts meat in the back of the store. 

Fayard said being locally owned helps a lot, despite the BP logo prominently displayed out front.  

"We're a privately owned business," Fayard said. "We sell BP gasoline. We've been selling it for about 15 years; We're not a BP owned station.  It's a terrible tragedy right now, that's all I can say about it. But as far as support, we're still being supported by the community."

The logo does make people think, but not for long. 

"The BP sign, it will bring the oil spill to your mind, but it doesn't bother me," customer Ronnie Forehand said. "I've known Mr. Alvis Fayard for a while and this is a good store." 

Despite the oil spill in the Gulf, businesses that sell BP gasoline are holding their own, at least for now. But if the spill gets any worse and the damage continues, it's anyone's guess what will happen.  

Keith Fayard owns another BP store. 

"That's what I'm afraid of," Fayard said. "That's one of the things that I think about, you know, the backlash could come down the line if it gets worse." 

Keith Fayard stays busy all the time. What's keeping him busy is giving his customers a pat on the back, even with the growing oil slick in the Gulf.  

"We have good positive feedback from our customers coming in an asking us the same question. But they've been really supportive in this community over our lifetime, and we really thank these people for coming in and saying, 'We know it's not you all.'" 

Both Keith and Alvis said they have not given any thought of switching to another brand of gasoline, despite the troubles facing BP.

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