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.