Christine Coombes (left) and Margaret-Ann Baziw are co-managers of the family-owned gas station in Warfield. The station store will still be open but the gas pumps will be closed for three weeks while changing over to Petro-Canada. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Warfield gas station switching to Petro-Can

“As long as everything goes well, we will open (for gas) Nov. 9,” says Christine Coombes.

The Warfield gas station is saying good-bye to Fas Gas and hello to Petro-Canada in the next three weeks.

But that’s all that will change.

The business will still be independently owned and operated by a local family after the sizeable renovation is completed by a local construction firm. And it will remain a full service gas station when fuel sales start up again, tentatively Nov. 9.

“When we finally got out of our contract with Fas Gas, we looked at everybody,” says manager Christine Coombes. “Our number one priority is customer service, so we wanted to make sure that whoever we switched to, would have some kind of program for our customers, like Petro Points. And Petro Points is a good program.”

Gas will not be available at the Warfield pumps starting Monday, Oct. 15.

But the store itself will remain open – including the popular takeaway menu – while the job is underway. Propane will also be dispensed during the work, which includes adding 12 feet of space and re-configuring the pumps to improve traffic flow.

“The store is still open, we just can’t pump gas,” Christine said. “We are changing the front-end so it’s going to be more user-friendly outside. Before, people would drive by because there was a line, so we are going to be alleviating that with what we are doing.”

Her parents, William and Margaret Herd, bought the Warfield gas station in 1989.

Mom and dad are mostly retired now, leaving Christine and her sister Margaret-Ann Baziw in charge of running the place. Both have the early morning shift, arriving around 4 a.m. to prep food and cook for the early morning and lunch crowd.

They are both travelling to Port Moody to attend “Petro-Can” school during the first week of renovations, but after that, the sisters will be back behind the counter.

They are very proud of the business the family has worked so hard to build over 30 years.

“Everything here is ours,” said Margaret-Ann. “(Petro-Canada) won’t own anything here except the signage. We are family-owned and still independent. Now, we are just being supplied with a Petro-Can product.”

Being family-owned and not corporate-owned makes a big difference when running a gas station, Christine shared.

“We grew up here and remained here to help our parents with the family business,” she said. “Every other station in Trail is owned by the oil companies and managed by a third party which makes them less likely to care like we do. Our customers mean everything to us and we strive to make customer service our first priority.”

Just Posted

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email (large of actual) to

West Kootenay opinion sought on health care issues

Rural Evidence Review getting strong response to survey call-out

Facts missing on impact of Columbia River Treaty

Letter to the Editor from Dave Thompson of Oasis

Fix the potholes

Letter to the Editor from Bob Johnson of Nelson

Locked up garbage not always an effective solution

Letter to the Editor from Karl Fricke of Fruitvale

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Most Read