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Alvarez plans to grow Sunshine Gasoline by
acquiring assets within its market area where it
can have a large impact.
Sunshine Gasoline will continue to grow and purchase
service stations at every opportunity it gets in the south
Florida area. "We started in Dade County and now cover an
area that spans from the Florida Keys to West Palm Beach.
We try to stay local so we can have a substantial presence in
the area," Alvarez says. "We will continue being flexible and
adjust to changes, but never compromise our basic values.
That is my vision and the vision I have for my children. It is,
in fact, our succession plan."
The company plans to continue to acquire assets within
its market area where it can have a greater impact. "If what
I had today was spread all over Florida we wouldn't be as
impactful," Alvarez explains. "We concentrated in a small
area and continue to grow there so we can be meaningful.
We do try to grow within our family and expand as much as
"We have been very successful and I thank the oil industry
for giving me the opportunity to learn when I had nothing,"
Alvarez continues. "Oil has been good to us and we remain
devoted to its continued success because it is so very important to so many people in our country. I do not have enough
words to express my gratitude of the blessings I received
when I arrived in
this country. None
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