Update: As of 7 a.m. Friday, the Wilco Hess mentioned in this article has risen to $3.15 per gallon for regular, unleaded gas.
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The opening of a new gas station in North High Point spurred a gas war that lasted 4 days and drove prices below $3.00 per gallon.
The Murphy USA opened recently in front of the North Main Street Wal-Mart and on Christmas Eve began dropping it’s gas price for regular unleaded to near $3.00 per gallon.
The Raceway Gas Station and the Wilco Hess convenience stores all within several blocks of the Murphy responded by dropping prices too.
Customers responded by forming lines at every available pump.
Some thought it was a misprint as the price at the Wilco Hess sat at $2.93 until Thursday afternoon while the Murphy USA was already back at $3.15 and the Raceway was selling it’s gas for $2.96.
“They went back up to $3.15 so I turned around and came back,” said one customer.
“I was like wow…I couldn’t believe it….I went down the street and turned around to come back here,” said a man filling up his Chevy Suburban.
Even the U.S. Postal service is cashing in on the price war.
A postal carrier stopping to get fuel said the gas card used to fill postal delivery vehicles gets a percentage off the posted price.
Although this particular mail lady was fretting about filling her own car up several days earlier for 24-cent more per gallon.
“I actually filled up the other night so that price kind of upsets me a little bit,” the mail carrier said with a laugh, “for it to go below three dollars at Christmas time when everybody’s driving, that’s good stuff!”
But as usual, all good things come to an end. The prices at all the stations on North Main was back at $3.15 by late Thursday afternoon.
Most of the country saw in increase at the pump today.
Nationwide the average price of a gallon of gas rose two cents to $3.25 per gallon.