It’s a case of “back to the future” with the reappearance of the iconic Ampol name on petrol stations in Sutherland Shire after more than 25 years.

“Servos” in Caringbah South and Woolooware are among the first Caltex outlets in the shire to be rebranded in a program that started in Sydney’s west in August last year.

Jodie Weigand, manager of the Ampol-owned outlet in Port Hacking Road, Caringbah South, has been busy explaining to customers they are still filling up with the same petrol.

An Ampol service station from the past. Picture: National Library of Australia

 An Ampol service station from the past. Picture: National Library of Australia

“Everything is the same – it’s just a name change,” she said.

“We still accept Woolworths vouchers and give the NRMA discount.”

Ms Weigand is a fan of the new branding, seeing it as modern and fresh.

“I also like the new uniforms,” she said.

More than 1900 sites across Australia are gradually being rebranded at a cost of $165 million after US oil company Chevron terminated the licensing agreement allowing use of the Caltex name.

The Australian Motorists Petrol company, which became Ampol, was founded in Sydney in 1936, and the first of a chain of Ampol service stations opened in Mosman in 1952.

Ampol merged with Caltex In 1995, becoming Australian Petroleum, which in 1997 became Caltex Australia.

Extracted in full from: https://www.theleader.com.au/story/7170440/ampol-takes-us-back-to-the-future/

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