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Joined:Apr 2012
Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 4:46:58 PM

I have noticed that the prices in Houston area, Alvin, fact the further away from the refineries producing gas in Texas City, the lower the price...have to wonder. (smile) (now I don't know about the Pasadena area/Galena Park area/Deer Park area/La Porte area where there are surely refineries there as well.

There was one station across the street from a gas producing refinery in Texas City that closed down during our last big surge a few years ago. Owner complained that he can't afford to stay open and wondered why since the gas was coming from across the street. (smile)

Of course we know it doesn't make a direct delivery, but still, one has to wonder.
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Joined:Oct 2011
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 8:41:00 AM

Chuckle... reminds me of the Safeway grocery just outside the gates of the Coors brewery in Golden, CO, which used to advertise the "freshest beer in town." Cute advertising slogan, but in reality the brewery couldn't sell directly to the store: they had to ship it to the distributor, which then delivered it to stores across the area.

Station owners only make about two or three cents per gallon profit on gasoline. Back in the '90s when oil was nine bucka a barrel, the oil company I worked for was kept solvent by their chain of convenience stores and we "upstream" employees breathed a sigh of relief at the power of the "four Cs" - cigarettes, chicken, condoms and coke - that made up most of the cash flow. At a guess, I'd say that a lot of stations suffered during the downtur. That's probably because even though gas was cheap, unemployed people couldn't afford to come inside to pay $1.50 for a 12-ounce Dr. Pepper or a bottle of DFW tap water.
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