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ARCO CELEBRATES STATION RE-OPENING,

 LOS ANGELES, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO today celebrated the re-opening of a station burned during the riots last spring with a ceremony that also honored the long-time service of three ARCO franchisees in South Central Los Angeles.
 At a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony held this morning at the ARCO station at 3412 S. Crenshaw (at Jefferson), the company saluted dealer Al Morita, who last month also marked his 34th anniversary at that location.
 "We're pleased to be back here after some difficult times," said ARCO Products Co. Vice President Thomas R. Murphy. "We're especially pleased to celebrate this re-opening just a few weeks after the day Al Morita opened his original Richfield franchise back in 1959 on this very site."
 Richfield Oil Corp. was one of the predecessor companies of today's ARCO. ARCO Products Co. is the refining and marketing arm of ARCO.
 Today's ceremony also paid tribute to two other ARCO franchisees, Hoskin Hogan and A.C. Wallace, who between them have more than 55 years of franchise service operating ARCO stations in South Central Los Angeles.
 In all, 52 ARCO locations suffered riot damage last spring. Twelve of the 52 stations, including the one at Jefferson and Crenshaw and five others owned by ARCO, were burnt beyond repair. Morita, who had leased an ARCO am/pm mini market at the site before the riots, later purchased the property from ARCO and now has re-built it as a conventional gasoline station. He plans to add an am/pm on the site as soon as permits are available.
 Dealer Hogan, whose station at Century and Figueroa was destroyed during the riots, has relocated his franchise to the ARCO property at Figueroa and Rosecrans. Hogan has operated an ARCO franchise in South Central Los Angeles since 1958, including an am/pm mini market since December 1982.
 Dealer Wallace, a franchisee since 1971, has also operated an am/pm since January 1982 at his El Segundo and Main ARCO station. His facility suffered minor damage during the riots and was re-opened last summer after repairs.
 Today, most of the damaged facilities owned by ARCO are open for business. Of those still closed, one is ready to begin construction at Wilshire and Hobart. Another at Century and Western is undergoing site remediation in preparation for a donation of the land by ARCO to the Puente Learning Center (announced by ARCO in an earlier press release on Jan. 14). Two other sites -- at Vernon and Broadway and Martin Luther King and Figueroa -- are awaiting city building permits.
 -0- 3/12/93
 /CONTACT: Annie Reutinger of ARCO Products Co., 213-486-3181/
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