A gas war is brewing in Hancock County, and a staple of the community is in the middle of it.
According to Kacey Peterson at Dolly’s Quick Stop, the skirmish started when the Keith’s Superstore located across the street became a Marathon location.
“Prior to the change, we would keep our gas prices around the same price,” Peterson said. “If they go down, we match. If we go down, they match. Since the change, they now have two different prices for their gas: a cash price and a credit price.”
With the cash price being the lower of the two, Dolly’s was set to match that price. However, according to Peterson, every time Dolly’s matches the price, the store across the street lowers theirs.
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“So far today, they’ve changed their sign six times,” she said. “We started the day with our gas at $1.89.” By noon, the gas at Dolly’s was priced at $1.83 a gallon.
“We’ve had people calling and asking about our prices because they’re becoming some of the cheapest around. The store across the street wants us to match their credit price, but then they would still have the cheaper cash price. I don’t understand why they won’t just match prices with us.
“They also only offer two different types of gas, while we offer six. We have regular unleaded with ethanol, which is the cheapest, up to super and even diesel.” Peterson said they offer more variety so drivers have the chance to put quality gasoline in their vehicles to help maintain the engine.
“You wouldn’t put cheap tires on a $30,000 car, so why use cheap gas?” she said. “But we know it’s the holidays and people are a little tighter with their budgets, so we still offer the cheaper gasoline with ethanol.”
The Sun Herald reached out to the Keith’s Superstore location, but they declined to comment.
Peterson said at this point, the gas is being sold for under cost.
“We are a locally owned, community oriented location,” she said. “We have regulars come in all the time, and we know their orders before they even say it. Local schools and community groups hold their fundraisers here because we are here for the community.”
Peterson even mentioned that Dolly’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
“I will say that I’ve been here 20 years, and Keith’s is the third company to have ownership of the store,” Peterson said.