Bankruptcy judge gives Git-N-Go some breathing room

Wednesday, February 4th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A US Bankruptcy judge gives Tulsa-based Git-N-Go Corporation a little breathing room.

According to court documents obtained by the News on 6, Judge Dana Rasure has accepted an interim agreement that will give the convenience store chain nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars to continue operating. That’s welcome news for some employees. Others prepare to lose their jobs anyway. News on 6 anchor Tami Marler has more.

Scott Dingman has been coming in to the same Git-N-Go for years, every day, without fail, to get just the right size pop. "32 isn't quite enough and 64 makes me look like a pig you know walking around with a huge 64 oz cup, so I'm at a great dilemma as to where I’m going to get a 44 oz size." The 15th and Harvard store is one of 38 Git-N-Go stores, scheduled to close on Friday.

Since the company filed a bankruptcy petition last week, shelves haven't been re-stocked and the gasoline pumps have run dry. Without Chapter 11 protection, Git-N-Go would be forced to close all of its 114 stores. “And the store obviously is a busy store, or else we wouldn't have all these people signing a petition."

Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune is among more than 400 customers, who've signed a petition telling Git-N-Go they value the convenience of this location. "My only other alternative is, which I've thought about this very heavily you see, is the QuikTrip on 11th Street and there's a QT on 21st Street."

Regular customers aren't sure what they'll do, but more importantly, hundreds of employees don't know where they'll go when Git-N-Go closes dozens of stores. "Like they told us a week ago our store's closing but they haven't told us anything about what we're doing after."

Come Friday, Kathryn Murray will lose her first real job. Out on her own for the first time, she's not sure what she'll do to make ends meet. "I've scoured the city looking for jobs; and it just, there's nothing out there. Cause of unemployment. Everyone's getting laid off."

With a little cash in the bank, Git-N-Go has a chance to avoid more inconvenienced workers and customers.