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Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Mobil gas station on Washtenaw re-opens under new ownership - again

By Katrease Stafford

The Mobil gas station located on Washtenaw Avenue just east of US-23 reopened under new ownership Wednesday evening.


The Mobil station on Washtenaw just east of US-23 was open for nearly a year after a new owner took over the long-closed facility. Now another operator is running the station, as of this week.

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This marks the second owner in just under a year for the gas station at 4005 Washtenaw in Pittsfield Township.

The station was reopened last June when Misty Filsinger bought it after it had been closed for more than two years.

Filsinger said she originally planned to own the station for three years and sell it to the best buyer but things progressed a bit faster than expected.

"I decided the day I bought it that I was going to turn it over," Filsinger said. "It just needed to go into the right hands. I never had visions of keeping that forever but I would really like to thank our loyal customers. I just really thought I would be there three years before it happened but I had gotten an offer and a distributor bought it. It was kind of like a flip. "

Filsinger declined to share the name of the distributor who bought the station from her and is now leasing it to Michael Beydoun.

Filsinger said it's not entirely uncommon in the gas station industry for stations to be bought and leased by distributors.

"Most of them are owned by distributors," she said.

Up until earlier this past week, the station looked as if it were closed and plastic bags were wrapped around the gas pumps.

Filsinger said the station was not technically closed but instead going through a transition period.

"Nothing happened," she said. "When you change over, it has to be closed for 36 hours. That's for licensing and everything."

Filsinger said Beydoun has previous experience in the industry and she doesn't believe there will be much of a change.

"The guys that are leasing it have fantastic experience with other gas stations and they are going to serve the community and do just as well as I did when I was there," she said.

Beydoun said he's never previously owned a gas station but he previously worked for his brother who has several locations.

Beydoun said he officially began leasing the station on Wednesday. He did not disclose details of the transaction.

Beydoun said he will not be doing any renovations to the 1,100-square-foot station and it will look relatively the same.

In preparation for the new business, Beydoun said, he is looking to hire at least two employees.

According to Pittsfield Township tax records, before Filsinger, the previous owners of the property were Adams O.A. LLC, registered to Kadry Ebrahim. The assessed value of the property in 2011 was $336,900, giving it an estimated market value of just more $670,000.

Although the station has had a turnover in owners, Beydoun said he isn’t worried about attracting prospective customers.

“We’re hoping that the busy intersection will give us business,” he said. “Some people think that we’re closed but I want them to know we’re under new management and we’re open now.”

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Fri, May 18, 2012 : 1:50 a.m.

I won't patronize this station because they insist on charging different prices for cash and debit sales. That goes for all stations that do so.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

"Filsinger said she originally planned to own the station for three years and sell it to the best buyer but things progressed a bit faster than expected. "I decided the day I bought it that I was going to turn it over," Filsinger said." She was going to hold it for three years, but the day she bought it she decided to flip it. In other words, the story that wrote about her was a crock, at that point she intended to flip it for a quick buck.

Richard Cheng

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7:54 p.m.

The new owner is not any better. The windshield cleaning fluid is out. The foam scraper is broken. The paper towel is totally unusable...... Better service would help.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7 p.m.

Personally, I was hoping it would stay closed. The traffic get so screwed up when people "let people in" that you would think some jay-walker was crossing to the Safe Sex Shop or something.

zip the cat

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

This station has to be in the worst location in all of ann arbor. Impossible to enter or worst yet exit going east on washtenaw. The only exits without waiting for eons is north on hogback or west on washtenaw


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

Zip....I agree with to impossible to make a left from there.And Sonny if what you think is true you wouldn't be able make a left on to or from most of Washtenaw


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

SonnyDog09...Yea it means no passing.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

I've never understood people who think that they are entitled to make left turns in to or out of corner gas stations across three or more lanes of traffic. Do you know what the solid double lines mean?


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Good luck, but there is not enough retail space in that place and the prices are higher than competitiors south and east of there.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Given Exxon-Mobil's role in funding and publicizing pseudo-science that denies the existince of the global climate crisis, to help protect their sky-high profits at the expense of our world, I hope they fail. And I hope consumers are smart enough to take their business elsewhere. Apologiies to the propretor, but he could always choose to work with a company with a better record of corporate citizenship than Exxon-Mobil.

Richard Carter

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

Ya got someone better in mind?


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Oh my, yes, this station failing should bring Exxon Mobil to its knees.