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Gas bars bidding help...

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by cmo18, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 814

    The season is almost here! Were putting a bid together for a large chain of gas bars, some are 24 hour sites.

    I've never plowed a gas bar, is it safe to add 25% more time on to plowing do to high level of consumers?

    Personal opinion, do you like gas bars or find them hectic and more liability?

  2. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    whats a gas bar?
  3. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    Gas station, hes way up there in the north eh.

    Sorry I don't have any more input then that.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Plowing is plowing. Maybe a little premium on rate just because if its snowing you'll need to leave your route to re plow it. Try and get a seasonal price on it this way you need to argue over how much snow was plowed each time.
  5. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Hate gas bars. Always Poeps rushing in front and behind for a pump. Even did a card lock in a small town and gave it up , as its unbelievable how many poeple need gas during the 15 minutes you are in the lot during the storm.

    Good thing is sometimes you can just spin lots of salt at entrances and let the traffic take care of it.

    Can imagine you would land them charging a premium.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  6. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    I was wondering the same damn thing, didn't ask as I feared it was a common term and I just dirt know.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Get out of your ____ (favorite foreign car, I'll take a 760Li for this exercise.
    Go inside
    Give the girl $75
    Stick your head in a bucket
    Breath pure oxygen for 15 minutes
    Get back in your BMW feeling refreshed and rejuvenated

    I remember reading about these places years ago. I think they were called Oxygen Bars originally. I'm guessing you can order a custom blend to breathe. I like the 78% Nitrogen blend I use in my tires.
    Apparently they have taken off. I suspect they are more popular in Manhatten and Beverly Hills than Port Clyde, ME
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  8. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 814

    Yes it is seasonal.

    Gas bar, gas station, convenience store etc...all the same thing,

    I'm just curious about the amount of traffic and the delay it is going to cause us.
  9. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    The only thing worse then a gas station to plow is a storage unit..... don't forget your pita factor when coming up with your price
  10. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    gas stations are a Pain in the @ss tp plow. all those lids, all the traffic and just when you think you are done the gas delivery truck will show up and block the only portion of the lot that you have left to plow. Charge extra and take a xanex before you show up to plow.
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Lots of traffic, lots of delays, lots of salt.

    I dont currently do any "gas bars", but wouldnt be afraid of them..I've done them in the past as a sub...just need to price them right.

    Really? I do a handfull of mini storages, and they are some of my best accounts....in fact, I try and route my accounts so that I get to work on 1 or 2 of them myself. Low stress (mine are all very flexible about when they get done by) , little to no traffic, and luckily for me they are all fast payers. They all have plenty of places to put snow also, which some mini stor. complexes I've seen do not....that would drastically change things.

    I do have 1 that requires ALL the doors get cleared out by my shovelers, but this account just added a big addition to his facility, and the price increase for this yr has him wanting an option to opt out of the shoveling part to save $....for the sake of my walk guys, I hope he does.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Got a Google pix of this place and I'll let you know if it is a pain in the ass to plow.
  13. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Are the fillers raised like Mt. Everest? Bid part of the job with a shovel crew exposing all fillers and clearing the area so you don't risk damaging them with your plow or bobcat. Present it that way as well. Too easy to remove those caps and you generally don't even feel it. Then you have to go find it in a snowbank of hard pack..... clear them by hand.