Company still exploring options for building across from York Hospital.

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Shipley Energy closed its Tom's convenience store and Exxon gas station across from York Hospital earlier this month, according to company officials.

Dave Gruno, president of Shipley Stores, said in a statement that the company decided to close the South George Street location "after careful consideration," and it has been closed since Jan. 13.

"The closure of this location will allow us to focus more resources on our other stores and quick-service restaurants as we continue to deliver the best possible experience for our guests," Gruno said.

York-based Shipley owns five additional Tom's stores in the York area, according to spokeswoman Erin Hammons, and the company is still exploring options for the now vacant building.

Smart Touch: The company also recently launched Smart Touch Energy, a business that allows customers to order heating oil online.

Steve Downey, president on the newly named brand, said the company's website, www.smarttouchenergy.com, is an innovative approach to purchasing energy and has already been yielding positive results.

Smart Touch, which serves customers from Maryland to Maine, has helped reduce delivery time and heating oil prices since its launch in early January. Northeast customers are paying more than 50 cents less on average this week, according to Downey.

The new brand was created from Smart Click Energy, a Boston company that Shipley acquired last May. Since that acquisition, many of Smart Click's dealers reported major increases in sales, according to a company press release.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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