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Louisburg becomes hub for cheap gas

Posted May 16, 2012
Updated May 17, 2012

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— People who drive on U.S. Highway 401 or Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg are enjoying gas prices 25 or 30 cents cheaper than most places in the Triangle. 

Drivers said they started noticing the prices drop around mid-April when a Sheetz opened along the stretch. 

Shirley Parker drove 10 miles from her Franklinton home on Wednesday to get gas at the Sheetz.

"Louisburg's got the best gas prices in North Carolina right now," Parker said. 

Gas prices along the strip are as low as $3.39 a gallon – much cheaper than the $3.69 a gallon seen at one gas station along Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.

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While drivers are enjoying the cheaper prices, smaller gas stations say Sheetz has hurt their bottom line. 

"Sheetz, being a large corporation, they can lower the price with their volume. They can also do grand openings for approximately two weeks, where they can sell below cost," said Jaey Young, owner of Richards Oil Company, which distributes fuel to the Eagle Mart up the road from Sheetz.

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Gas at Eagle Mart was $3.47 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel on Wednesday.

The Sheetz is open in the location formerly occupied by the Murphy House restaurant. The business, known for its barbecue and homemade macaroni and cheese, closed last year after six decades of operation.

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  • bravesfan1956 May 17, 2012

    The quality of gas around is terrible as well. I recently went out of state and filled up on gas when in Charleston. That had to be best gas I have put in my vehicle in years. on that full tank I got best mileage and most power since I have had vehicle. thought something had happen to my vehicle on trip?? but once I got back home to NC and filled up again same octane 93 I returned to getting terrible mileage again. Have any others noticed this?
    wattsun

    Yes I have noticed that when I drive on long trips that I get better gas mileage than running errands. DUH!!!

  • wattsun May 17, 2012

    The quality of gas around is terrible as well.
    I recently went out of state and filled up on gas when in Charleston. That had to be best gas I have put in my vehicle in years.
    on that full tank I got best mileage and most power since I have had vehicle.
    thought something had happen to my vehicle on trip??
    but once I got back home to NC and filled up again same octane 93 I returned to getting terrible mileage again.
    Have any others noticed this?

  • joejolly30 May 17, 2012

    The highest prices on gas are right here in the great ROANOKE RAPIDS, where two family's that own all the station's(maybe 1 or 2 they don't) WE ARE STILL PAYING $367 A GALLON can you say AMEN(or maybe AMAN)

  • ldestefano63 May 17, 2012

    It's just as cheap out in Fuquay but y'all can expect when the newness of the Sheetz is over they will jack their prices up. It seems the price has been dropping 3-4 cents a day for the last 2 weeks, but summer is coming so I'm sure it'll stabilize or start rising again.

  • chirssie May 17, 2012

    well Goldsboro has got to be the highest in the state as far as gas prices go ... still 3.55

    i've seen between $3.57 to $3.74 here in charlotte. that's why everybody in this town drives a couple miles down to sc. i'm guessing people close enough to the va border do the same.

  • btneast May 17, 2012

    Paying for top tier gas up front saves a lot of expensive bills later on, though. Pay me now or pay me later, and much later.

    You certainly don't want "bad" gas, but many "top tier" stations get their gas from the same tanker that services what many consider "budget" gas stations.

  • btneast May 17, 2012

    This just proves the fact that we all already know. Gas stations set prices for specific areas. They all price not based on competition but base on a price they all have agreed upon.

    ...no it doesn't. It proves that if one station drops his price, the others in the immediate area often react similarly to remain competitive.....it's called "gas wars". It went on back when gas was under $1.00 a gallon.

  • southerntalent May 17, 2012

    Sheetz,home of not so good for ya junk food ,high drink prices,they bring u in with cheap gas and kill u with junk food

  • anonemoose May 17, 2012

    I learned this one last night. I stopped there and when I checked my balance, they had put a hold on my entire debit card amount in my account when I used my debit card. They want you to fill out a form and provide your ID to get a Sheetz card so you don't have to use your debit card at first. I think unless I have a coupon for free food, I'll be trotting my happy tail over to Wilco.

  • vatransplant May 17, 2012

    it is around 3.40 in fugua varina!

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