For Christmas this year, the Hess truck's here -- even though there won't be any more Hess stations.
Hess Corp. said Thursday that it is selling its gas stations and convenience stores. But it made sure to make a separate announcement so that collectors could breathe a sigh of relief: it will continue selling the toy trucks it has marketed each holiday season since 1964.
A different version of the truck is sold each year. Models have included fire engines, helicopters and even a space shuttle. The most recent model, a truck with a tractor in the back, went for $27.99.
The toy truck has become a collector's item and tradition for some families. A Hess toy truck float is even included in the Macy's ( Thanksgiving Day Parade. )
The 2014 holiday truck, which has not yet been announced, will be sold at the 1,342 Hess ( locations along the East Coast. After this year, the company will continue selling the Hess toy trucks online. )
Hess sold its retail business to Marathon Petroleum Corp. ( so that it can focus on exploration and production, according to a statement from the company. It got $2.6 billion for the deal. )