Rainy's last gas station closes, but is still for sale

By Ken Johnston
Editor

On December 1st Rainy River residents woke up without an open gas station.
Blue Wave Energy had been operating the former Marmus Shell facility since 2010 and elected not to renew its lease with the Marmus family. Their lease of the building ran out on November 30th.
In October the business was put up for sale in the Record. There had been interest in buying it, but just a couple of days before the end of Blue Wave’s lease, the deal fell appart.
Last week the Record spoke to Barry Marmus who said, “If a family wants to purchase it they can make a living with it.” He ought to know. He and his wife Wendy ran it for many years successfully.
Marmus said that his family owns the building and did not want to see it close. However, all of the Marmus family, that was at one time living in Rainy River working in the bulk fuel or gas retail business, have either made career changes or retired. The bulk fuel business also moved to Kenora several years ago.
Even though it is closed, Marmus said it is still for sale. “We had two more calls of interested buyers this week!”
Since Blue Wave Energy owns the tanks, anyone that purchases Marmus’ building and wants to sell gas can enter into a fuel agreement and Blue Wave will work with them on the use of their tanks.
Rainy River had three gas stations 25 years ago. It was down to one and now there are none. While many local consumers cross the border to buy gasoline, several big customers have been left in a lurch. The Town of Rainy River, Ontario Provincial Police, Ambulance, just to name few are now faced with either having to travel over 20 miles to Stratton Service or cross the border.
Blue Wave is still operating bulk fuel deliveries in the area and if the station does not reopen could install bulk fuel tanks for large customers.
While no deal has been done with the station, anyone interested can call Bill Marmus at 852-3998, Wendy Marmus at 1-800-465-7760 or email wendy.marmus@parkland.ca.