This is a question that has been asked by many people over the years since the infamous Speedway gas station opened its doors on Christmas day in 1967. While plenty of other big-box stores and brands do open their stores on Christmas Day, Speedway is unique in that it is the only gas station that exclusively opens on Christmas Day. While it used to be that you could simply go to any gas station at any time of the year and know that it would be open, that is no longer the case with Speedway.
What Is The Reason Behind Speedways Exclusive Open On Christmas Day?
The origin of the name ‘Speedway’ is kind of interesting in and of itself. The station originally opened as the Tri-State Speedway in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The company that owned the gas station was originally known as the Tri-State Amusement Company and it was originally created to capitalize on the popularity of auto racing at the time. After purchasing another gas station chain in 1970, the company decided to rebrand itself as the ‘Speedway’ company and open up more locations. Even today, the original site in Indiana still operates as a gas station and it remains open on Christmas Day.
Is There Anyone Who Is Not Happy That The Station Is Open On Christmas Day?
Aside from the obvious question of whether or not anyone buys gas on Christmas Day, there are actually a number of people who have expressed displeasure and even outrage over the fact that the gas station is open on Christmas Day. The main argument is that it takes away from the sanctity of Christmas and it also creates an environment where people can work on Christmas Day. There have even been calls to have the gas station close on Christmas Day but that has not happened and it probably never will.
More Than Just A Name: Why Does The Speedway Gas Station Open On Christmas Day?
For those who have never been to a Speedway gas station, here is a quick overview of what they are and how they operate. Many people who have heard of them often think that they are some sort of hybrid of a convenience store and gas station. While that is partially true, the Speedway operation goes far deeper than that. For one thing, they have restaurants and coffee shops located within the gas stations that are open on Christmas Day and other days as well. Not only that but they also have fast food drive-through lanes that are open 24 hours per day from early in the morning until late at night. Those lanes are the direct result of another one of Speedway’s famous marketing ploys that began in the 1960s. Back in those days, gas stations did not typically stay open late so the idea of having an outdoor dining area where people could eat, drink, and be with their families was something new.
The History Of The Speedways Gas Station
The speedways gas station is a unique brand, one that was originally created for a generation that grew up during the baby boom. Those who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s remember the billboards that lined the highways back then that advertised the ‘World’s Largest Toy Store’ and that also touted the fact that the gas station was open on Christmas Day. Even today, those same billboards still line the highways but they now promote a different brand called ‘American Fuel Inc.’. That is because in the intervening years, American Fuel has purchased the rights to the ‘Speedway’ name and logo. In addition to buying the name and trademark, American Fuel also bought several gas stations and changed the name of one of the original Tri-State locations to ‘American Fuel’. That is why if you go into that particular station on Christmas Day, you will see advertisements for American Fuel products and services even though the station is technically sponsored by Tri-State. If you have a problem with that, you can contact American Fuel and ask that they change the name of the station to something else or request a refund of your patronage.