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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Sat May 26, 2018 7:11 pm

About 30h later, the script has only scanned 11% of the whole island.
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby davidg666 » Mon May 28, 2018 6:44 am

YanisKyr wrote:About 30h later, the script has only scanned 11% of the whole island.

All to get a list of petrol stations? Hmmm.

It might be worth asking Tim if his crawler bot can be extended for petrol stations while it's working - it does plenty of other stuff already.

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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Mon May 28, 2018 9:05 am

It's scanning for all places and even though it works pretty fast for areas like greater Dublin, it was excruciating slow for the whole island.

I'll reach out to Tim.
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Thu May 31, 2018 9:43 am

From the full list of places:

- No ENI gas stations.
- Only one Excol (which doesn't exist on google maps) https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=row&lo ... 503.127249
- Only one Xpress (which is a Topaz) https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=row&lo ... 98.4859525

I think we are safe to remove these 3 brands from the list, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby davidg666 » Thu May 31, 2018 10:01 am

YanisKyr wrote:- No ENI gas stations.
- Only one Excol (which doesn't exist on google maps) https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=row&lo ... 503.127249
- Only one Xpress (which is a Topaz) https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=row&lo ... 98.4859525

I think we are safe to remove these 3 brands from the list, what are your thoughts?

Well, ENI can definitely go. For the Gala Xpress in Monasterevin: that's listed on the Gala Store Locator, and my understanding is that it's a convenience store brand, not a petrol brand, so that can go too.

As for Excol: it looks like Excol went out of business in 2016, but that doesn't mean they weren't revived or that nobody bought the brand name. That particular station is mentioned here as having closed around the same time. I can't find any other evidence of that brand since 2016, so although I'm not certain that they're gone completely, my inclination is to remove them from the list.

HOWEVER, I do know they're Sligo based, and that Arthur has connections with Sligo, so it might be worth asking him first.

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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:48 pm

Thanks for digging around David.

I found this list below. If you zoom in google maps some are gone, and some are renamed, some are just MACE. Thought giving them a ring will probably be quicker so I'll keep yous posted when I get around to it.

http://www.pumps.ie/findStationsBySearc ... arch=Excol
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:47 am

Ok, so from the 8 in the list we have:

2: Top/Spar
1: Independent
2: phone number not in use
1: no phone, doesn't exist on Google Maps
1: wrong number
1: no answer

My conclusion is that there are no Excol petrol stations any more.

I've updated the spreadsheet if you want to take another look before I send it off to HQ. One thing I do need help deciding is Top. Which is trading as "top oil" (all lower case on their logo) - shall we normalise it to Top Oil?
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby lsin023 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:22 pm

I would go for "Top Oil"
Thanks again for the update.
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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby davidg666 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:37 pm

YanisKyr wrote:I've updated the spreadsheet if you want to take another look before I send it off to HQ. One thing I do need help deciding is Top. Which is trading as "top oil" (all lower case on their logo) - shall we normalise it to Top Oil?

Wow, you tried to contact all of the Excol ones? Pretty good!

As for "Top"/"top oil"/"Top Oil", I'd be inclined to leave that as "Top" (no "oil"/"Oil"), both because it looks the most tight, because "oil" doesn't appear on their logo. I know the logo is all lower-case now, but that could change if/when they ever change the logo (I vaguely remember it being "Top" years ago, before the current logo)

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Re: Petrol/Gas station brands

Postby YanisKyr » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:35 pm

I did yeah, easier than waiting for contacts to contact and have 50 Circle K pending by the time we hear back :P

The oil part is in their logo actually - I think it sneaked-in with a recent re-design along with the color stripes. Take a look https://www.top.ie/
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