KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Aug. 20, local CITGO Marketer Tri-Lakes Petroleum, LLC and CITGO Petroleum celebrated the Grand Opening of its newest location in Kalamazoo with a Customer Appreciation Event. As part of the celebration, more than 150 locals gathered at the new station, located at 6300 E Michigan Ave., to enjoy free food and drink and a chance to win special prizes.

"We were thankful for the beautiful weather, but we were overwhelmed by how appreciative our customers were that we planned these events," said Lois Neitzke, customer service manager at Tri-Lakes Petroleum. "We wanted to show how much we truly value their business and we couldn't believe how many of them thanked us in return. It was a great day for everyone involved."

Representatives from Tri-Lakes Petroleum grilled hot dogs and offered free drinks to the customers who attended the Grand Opening. In addition, customers participated in a drawing for door prizes, including CITGO Gas Cards, USB chargers and Tri-Lakes Petroleum water bottles.

"We love that our Marketers and Retailers host these grand opening events to introduce the community to the new business," said Alan Flagg, assistant vice president of supply and marketing at CITGO. "Whether we are reopening a store, or opening a location in a new area, it is wonderful to see how much we are able to give back to the communities and customers who support CITGO."

Tri-Lakes Petroleum, LLC is a petroleum marketer committed to excellence, servicing commercial, industrial, agricultural, retail and wholesale customers in the Great Lakes Region. Founded in 1974, the company currently supplies more than 100 locations in Michigan, including 35 CITGO locations. For more information, visit www.trilakesllc.com.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned branded locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan, like Tri-Lakes Petroleum, LLC, own and operate nearly 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

Based in Houston, CITGO is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.