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Walmart announces new gas stations in Mexico, will dispatch fuel from state-owned Pemex


Archive image. A Walmart sign inside a store in Mexico City, Mexico. March 28, 2019. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The Mexican subsidiary of US retailer Walmart said on Monday it signed an alliance with local company Gazpro to install new gas stations in its store parking lots in the country.

The retailer explained that the stations will be located in certain units of Bodega Aurrera, Mi Bodega Aurrera, Sam’s Club, Walmart Express and Walmart Supercenter.

“The new gasoline service stations will be designed, developed and operated by Gazpro, and will be supplied with gasoline supplied by Pemex, through the sub-licensed brand model for the sale of Pemex products,” he added in a statement.

Walmart announced in 2018 the opening of six service stations in several Mexican states, joining other companies – including world oil companies – that participated in the activity after the 2013/2014 energy reform, which took away the monopoly of the sector from the state-owned Pemex.

In addition to Walmart, which did not clarify how many new gas stations the plan will include or in which states they will be installed, the Mexican retail giant FEMSA has been involved in the business for years through Oxxo Gas.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Written by Raúl Cortés Fernández)

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