Sherman gas station first to offer "pop at the pump"

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

SHERMAN, TX -- You've heard of "pay at the pump", but what about "pop at the pump"? A Sherman convenient store gets even more convenient with a new selection at the pumps.

If you're in a hurry to fill up but don't want to wait in line for anything else inside, Lonestar Exxon off North Sam Rayburn freeway now gives you more options outside.

Usually at gas stations, you can get yourself gas and a car wash. But here, you can also get a refreshment.

You'll now see three large "Vendgogh" machines (pronounced "vend-GO") set up between each gas pump. Screens offer a car wash AND outside drinks like Coke, Dr. Pepper, diet sodas, water, teas and Powerade.

Each machine houses a large computer that knows to drops your drink after you're done pumping. That way, no one else can snatch up your refreshments.

Site Director Dollie Graham says the cost to install these machines was pretty steep, but at $1.69 a pop, she's confident it'll soon pay for itself.

"It's only been three weeks but yes, they're growing every day so it's building everyday. We are seeing an increase." said Graham.

James Marshall of Denison thinks it may be product overload.

"Between selling car washes, soda and watching TV I think it goes to show we have short attention spans, " Marshall said. "Gas profitability isn't what it used to be so we have to sell other stuff to make up the difference."

Frequent customer Rustin Bridges of Sherman decided to give it a shot for the first time.

"They're a lot more convenient for people," he said. "It'll make you get to the pump and get something to drink and get in and out a lot faster."

Although this may not be new for some out-of-state gas stations,
Lonestar Exxon #50 is the only one in Texas with this new technology.

"There is a chance other stations can pick this up," said Graham. "But I look for it to be a while down the road before they do. By the time they do, we'll probably be up to something new again."

This particular Lonestar Exxon location was also one of the very first gas stations in the U.S. to provide an in-house restaurant. Since then it's added even more amenities. Now, along with gas, a carwash, a foot long sandwich and mail services, you can also get your pop..at the pump.

LONESTAR #50 EXXON
2920 N SAM RAYBURN FWY
SHERMAN, TX 75090



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  • by Bad idea Location: Sherman on Jul 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    It seems like a hot new trend but I do not suggest using it. I bought 2 drinks and the machine did not dispense them. I went into the store to get my drinks inside and the store was no help they said they don't always work and they couldn't do anything for me.
  • by JLGibbs Location: Oklahoma on Jul 14, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    This is different, but does it compare to what can be purchased at the pump at the Conoco at NE 23 in OKC? I was filling up and could have purchased something from a girl in a really tight black dress and high heels. It must have been a 100 in the shade.
  • by BACK TO THE FUTURE Location: MARS on Jul 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM
    AT LEAST WITH THIS NOW A SINGLE PARENT THAT HAS CHILDREN ALL BULLKELED UP FOR A ROAD TRIP CAN NOW GET DRINKS A LOT EASIER THAN GETTING ALL THE KIDS OUT IN THE HEAT OR THE COLD TO GET A DRINK SO ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE AGAINST THIS SHUT UP ITS GREAT AND DONT ANY OF YOU EVER HET A DRINK FROM HERE THANK YOU SIGNED BACK TO THE FUTURE
  • by Not Fat! Location: Hardly anywhere on Jul 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    So fat people dont have to go inside,leaves more room for unfat people to go inside!
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    More SUGAR!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    More liquid calories for already obese Texomans. Making obesity convenient by the minute.
  • by sherman businessman Location: sherman on Jul 13, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    I think this is very inovative but whats next? will we be able to make payments on our utility bills and get a passport photo and a hot dog at the pump. That parking lot already looks like black friday at walmart most anytime you go there but... PROGRESS.... thats what we all want..
  • by Mike Location: Sherman on Jul 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
    Quite frankly due to gas thieves it hurt as all. As soon as everyone went to pay at the pump I quit going in the store all together as it lost its convenience to me to pay outside and then go in for a second transaction if I wanted some snacks for the road. Definitely not paying that for a pop either.
  • by Neal Location: Sherman on Jul 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
    "one of the very first gas stations in the U.S. to provide an in-house restaurant" seriously you printed this, there were restaurants in gas stations long before Hwy 82 was built, heck long before Hwy 75 was built. OMG think people.
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