By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
rundown on per-gallon prices for regular unleaded gasoline at Dade stations
visited by the Sentinel on its “Grand Gas Tour” Aug. 28 (see accompanying
article), in the order visited that day, beginning in West Brow.
are the two Sand Mountain gas stations listed, prices for which were gleaned by
telephone the next day, Aug. 29.
All prices are
minus the industry-standard appendage of “9/10” cents, which for all practical
purposes kicks them up another penny; but the whole numbers work as well for
comparison as the fraction was invariably included at each station visited.
apologizes for missing a station here and there.
West Brow, $3.49; Canyon Quick Stop, New Salem, $3.48; Rising Fawn Food
Mart, $3.37; Mapco BP, Rising Fawn,
$3.49; Pilot Travel Center, Rising Fawn, $3.35; Mapco BP, Trenton, $3.49;
Exxon, Trenton, $3.45; Forshee’s Chevron, Trenton, $3.47; Trenton’s two
Kangaroo/Marathon stations, $3.51;
Red Ace, Trenton, $3.36; Citgo, Trenton, $3.43; Pilot Travel Center, Wildwood,
$3.35; Mapco BP, Wildwood, $3.49; RaceWay Wildwood, $3.35; Petro South, Sand
Mountain (Aug. 29), $3.35 and Fast Food & Fuel, Sand Mountain (Aug. 29),
Cashiers at the
chain stores reported they changed their prices upon instructions from
corporate. Most of the independents said they priced to be competitive, and the
manager at the Wildwood RaceWay franchise said his prices were set by the
corporate office after being informed by local employees what the other two
stations at the exit were charging.
consumers paying attention to their efforts? At Rising Fawn, the independent
Quick Mart ($3.37 per gallon) is on the east side of I-59 while the Pilot
Travel Center ($3.35) is on the west, which might account for how they get
their respective traffic regardless of pricing.
But the Mapco
BP at Rising Fawn is right out in front of the Pilot, with contiguous parking
lots, selling regular for 14 cents more per gallon ($3.49). The Sentinel asked
the Mapco cashier if that didn’t cut into gas sales. The cashier looked
puzzled. “We sell plenty of gas,” she said.
Who knows? The Sentinel also noticed the parking lot at the Trenton Main Street
Kangaroo was as packed as ever, though the two Kangaroos had the highest
per-gallon price on regular in the county on Aug. 28 at $3.51.
across the state border prices were at roughly the same level at the Tiftonia
and Lookout Valley exits – Favorite Market, $3.39; Mapco, $3.39; Spirit, $3.37;
Oglethorpe prices Googled on the 29th were a bit lower, ranging from $3.25 to