$3.69-a-gallon gas luring drivers to Kent gas station



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Posted on June 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 7:50 PM

KENT, Wash. -- A gas station in Kent is busy with business after it put up its new price for a gallon of gas Friday.

Customers who pay cash at the Shell on 74th Ave South near SR 516 pay $3.69 gallon, and 10 cents lower if you use your Fred Meyer/QFC card.

The manager said they posted this price around noon Friday and it was based on the price off the last fuel truck that came in.

She insisted they weren’t taking a hit by offering the low price.

Customers quickly started to notice. One couple brought both cars in to fill up.

They had some ideas on why prices are still high at other gas stations in the area.

“Once you get comfortable paying a price, why lower it?” asked Brent Hollinger. “Unless you’re cost conscious, you aren’t going to look around. You are going to go to the most convenient place around. You go into Seattle and it’s still $4.25, $4.35 a gallon.”

Actually the price of gas at stations in Seattle Friday was as high as $4.65 a gallon, basically a buck more than what’s being offered at the gas station in Kent.

The national average is $3.52 a gallon. The average for our state is $4.06 a gallon, 17 cents lower than just a month ago.

The manager at the Kent Shell station said she doesn’t know how long it will last. It depends on the price offered from the next fuel truck.