Letter: Energy company goes the extra mile
Phillips Energy is a model business on historic Route 17. Phillips Energy can best be characterized as a responsible citizen who not only serves its customers with courtesy and efficiency, but sets an example for not only adhering to the letter of the law, but the spirit of defining Gloucester as a caring community that is indeed proud of the characterization of "The Land of the Life Worth Living."
The oil business as such involves a lot of heavy trucks and traffic, and what could be very unsightly storage tanks and all the attendant necessities, but yet not very attractive on a major highway.
Phillips has gone the extra mile in not only screening some of these unattractive areas, but also envelops their trucks and cars and other vehicles with a solid painted fence.
They have shown that you can comply with the highway overlay plan by proper and well maintained landscape, and most importantly a very generous de-acceleration lane for these oil tankers and other road hogs on our highways. Many businesses wait for the county or the state to cut the grass in the median. Phillips is one of those examples of companies who don’t call for the service, but do it themselves to improve the appearance of the large median on a regular basis.
Phillips has paid great attention to the small details of designated individual customer parking spaces, along with the handicapped spaces. They have the amenities of having an attendant at the pumps for a customer that might need help. Plastic gloves are provided for those who would like to use them while attending to their service.
Phillips Oil, a third generation business that I know of, are pioneers not only in standard fuels, but alternative fuels being offered today. They are the epitome of what a customer, their suppliers, and the citizens of Gloucester might expect in a necessary, but sometimes unsightly, business. You don’t have to read a marquee to see what gas prices are today; you can depend on it being competitive and fair without any gimmicks.
They have defied the odds that you can’t make a construction company, concrete plant, oil business, or any comparable business, a credit to that business that genuinely cares, and the citizens have an abiding respect for their willingness to go over and beyond. A small business entity is successful because it did not forget "to give is to get."
In sincere appreciation for every responsible business that cares, in maintaining a clean, attractive business and landscape within the constraints of necessities.
David L. Peebles