BP owns just a fraction of the more than 11,000 stations across the U.S. that sell its fuel under the BP, Amoco and ARCO banners. Most are owned by local businessmen whose primary connection to the oil company is the logo and a contract to buy gasoline [which may not be coming from BP anyway, the way the gasoline distribution system works. – Ed.].
In recent weeks, some station owners from Georgia to Illinois say sales have declined as much as 10 percent to 40 percent.