Max Arnold & Sons Buys Belcher Oil Stores

Ky. locations change hands

MURRAY, Ky. -- After 35 years in business, Belcher Oil Co., Murray, Ky., has been sold to Max Arnold & Sons LLC, reported The Murray Ledger & Times.

Max Arnold & Sons president Bob Arnold said that he has purchased the Belcher family's petroleum marketing business and several BP-branded convenience stores in western Kentucky, including three in Murray.

We are excited about the new opportunities and growth that this acquisition will provide to our company, Arnold said in a release obtained by the newspaper. Max Arnold &[image-nocss] amp; Sons has been in the business for over 55 years and is in its second generation.

Three of the locations, including a closed station, are in Murray, said the report.

Brad Belcher, president of Belcher Oil, declined any comment to the paper about the sale, saying the business would soon sponsor advertising in a message to former customers.

Belcher Oil is a member of the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association's (KPMA) western division.

Max Arnold & Son's LLC is headquartered in Hopkinsville, Ky., and serves the western Kentucky area, operating a chain of 20 c-stores in the state under the name Max Fuel Express. Gasoline brands include BP, Chevron, Shell and Max Fuel. It also operates Max Fuel cardlocks.