by Tashun Chism
Arthur Coleman has lived in Lufkin for 60 years. Brookshire Brothers and Polk Oil have been in Lufkin for as long as he can remember, but he wasn't surprised when he heard the two companies were merging.
"It's not exciting to me because I just don't see where it's going to benefit anything. It's just a business deal," said Coleman.
Officials say the merger is a good business decision that will benefit both companies as well as the community.
"It's a merging of two historic companies that have started very small in Angelina County and have both grown and both flourished due to hard work, and it's just a natural come together for those two organizations," said Angela Wierderhold of Point A Media, a spokesperson for both companies.
Some East Texans think the merger makes plenty of sense.
"In my opinion, I think it would be a good thing. Having two or three stores combine together. That would be pretty nice," David Gonzales said.
"If they do merge it's a sign of the times I suppose."
Others fear the merger will create a local monopoly.
"It's going to make them bigger I guess. Just like Exxon and Mobile. And with monopolies, they have more control and the people have less control," said Lufkin resident Robert Briggs.
Wiederheld says the merger has nothing to do with gas.