Grand Rapids, Mich. – Feb. 27, 2015 –CITGO Petroleum Corporation and CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) converted five Grand Rapids area Meijer gas stations and convenience stores to the CITGO brand to better serve Western Michigan customers.

Building on expansion efforts initiated this summer, AGO’s acquisitions of these five stores will increase its CITGO footprint in Michigan. The gas stations are located in Alpine Township, Byron Township, Greenville, Kentwood and Lansing.

“These new locations are a great asset for American Gas and Oil and CITGO, and we look forward to providing quality service for our customers,” said Jason F. Berris, president of AGO. “We’ve been working closely with Meijer to make this a smooth transition for both customers and employees. As a growing company, we’re extremely proud to announce that all employees at these five new CITGO stations will either maintain their jobs at these locations or with Meijer.”

The new CITGO branded fueling stations commenced operations today, following a two-day change-over period. Grand opening celebrations and community open houses will be planned for later this spring at the new locations.

Founded in 1976, AGO is a family-owned business and proud supporter of locally owned charities and sponsorships. The company has continued to grow and offers a full range of services, including gas station and convenience store operations and the distribution and transportation of petroleum products to their customers at competitive pricing.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan, like AGO, 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

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