The typical gas station of yesterday is a shell of what one looks like today.
Gas stations are twice the size, with more pumps; some have full-service restaurants, small grocery stores and 24-hour operations.
More convenience stores sell gas, too — a 14.2 percent increase to 126,658 locations from 2005 to 2014, according to the National Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing in Alexandria, Va.
In some communities, these mega-stations are hang-out spots on the weekends for the post-nightclub crowd — and they are attracting more opposition in the planning stages from residents who are leery of more traffic, noise, crime and bright lights.
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