Will Gas Stations Survive?

Will Gas Stations Survive?

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Although it’s not likely to happen soon, someday gas stations may be replaced by (or turn into) another type of fueling station, because no fuel or mode of transportation is forever.

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To learn more, start your googling with these keywords:
Gas station – a roadside establishment that sells gasoline, and diesel (AKA petrol station, service station, garage, filling station)
Convenience store – a store selling a limited range of household goods and groceries, often functioning simultaneously as a gas station
Stable – a building for keeping horses
Livery stable – a building where horse owners can/could pay a fee to have their horses fed and kept
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