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Temporary break in pump price pulls in crowd

Petro slices price

An unidentified woman fuels up at the Petro station on Radium Springs Road in Albany Thursday during the store’s customer appreciation event. Cars lined Radium Springs Road to take advantage of Petro’s $2.89-per-gallon of gasoline.

An unidentified woman fuels up at the Petro station on Radium Springs Road in Albany Thursday during the store’s customer appreciation event. Cars lined Radium Springs Road to take advantage of Petro’s $2.89-per-gallon of gasoline.

ALBANY — In today’s economy, there is one surefire way to cause an instant traffic jam.

Lower gas prices.

That’s what two Petro South gas stations in the Albany area did Thursday, prompting lengthy lines of cars and snarled traffic as drivers rushed to get gas at $2.89 per gallon.

“We’re doing a gas promotion — a customer appreciation event is what we call them — where we go into a community that has a station that we service and we drop the gas prices as a way to give back to the community,” Amanda Rose, marketing coordinator for Petro South Inc., said while directing traffic at the Quikway station on Radium Springs Road.

And with the average price of regular gasoline in the Albany metro area at $3.24 a gallon Thursday, according to AAA Daily Fuel Guage Report, area drivers were happy to wait in line.

“We’ve seen a good response,” Rose said. “We set up this morning from 9 to 11; we’ve dropped the price from $3.22 to $2.89, so it’s a pretty significant savings for people.”

One man, who didn’t give his name, was fueling his black Cadillac Escalade and shouted as a reporter walked up, “This is great, it’s like early Christmas.”

There was a similar response in Leesburg at the Shell station on Walnut Street, where the price was lowered from noon to 2 p.m., causing a rush in downtown Leesburg.

Petro South supplies fuel to 350 stations in Georgia, Alabama and north Florida and will soon add stations in Tennessee, Rose said.

Comments

badheavychevy 1 year, 5 months ago

If this station can do this, why cant the others? From now on, I will be looking for a PETRO station when I am on the road. This proves they have just been greedy and robbing the public blind when they please. Even though I know this small gesture wasn't much.......it was something!!! and we will take it!!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

It's all marketing, hence why a PR rep was on site. It was a nice gesture. No matter how long it lasted. Kudos Petro South and the Shell station in Lee County.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

It's called a PROMOTION (the same thing as a SALE or a COUPON). BUY ONE GET ONE FREE. STEAK AND LOBSTER FOR $14.99 LIMITED TIME ONLY.

But nobody does it all the time, every day.

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Racc 1 year, 5 months ago

This is a wonderful think that they are doing but cant they do it when some of us working folks are off work. Why do it during the day when we cant go!!!!

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TRUTH101 1 year, 5 months ago

^^^^^^ GREAT POINT!!!!! I dont get off until 4pm....Cant please everybody.... I just wish I could have benefited.

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tywebb 1 year, 5 months ago

that was probably murphree filling up his black escalade he bought after he finally got qualified and received that nice raise (before those idiots realized he was NOT the right man for the job). he probably also shouted......You know anyone who's hiring?????, but the reporter wasn't able to understand him!

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