Esso petrol stations in Tayside and Fife are waiting to see if they will be among 100 outlets to be sold by parent company Exxon Mobil.
The company has confirmed a bidding process has been entered into with a number of buyers interested in taking over their stations.
Exxon is testing a new business model, which would see retail sites sold to wholesalers, but the Esso brand retained and fuel supply continued. It is not known how the move will affect staff or if there will be any jobs created or lost as a result of the changes.
The Esso stations on Kirkcaldy’s Abbotshall Road and at Broxden services in Perth are two of the few outlets owned outright by Exxon in Tayside and Fife.
Staff at both sites were last night unwilling to comment on the process and whether their stations would be among those to be put on sale.
Erin Duncan, duty manager at the petrol station jointly run by Esso and Tesco at Dalhousie Road in Dundee, said her outlet was unlikely to be involved.
She added, “I have not heard anything along the lines of us being involved. We are an alliance site which means we are run jointly by both Tesco and Esso, with Esso providing the petrol.
“I know there is a big contract between the two so I would doubt it would be these sites that were being sold.”
This year the Kirkcaldy Esso station was closed for around a week, fuelling rumours it was to shut down permanently.