For Cheap Gas Hit The Mother Road


Monday, September 17th 2007, 5:00 pm
By: News On 6


With sky-high gas prices everyone is looking for a good deal on gasoline. The News On 6 has found one for you! The News On 6’s Rick Wells reports a new QuikTrip along Route 66 in Rogers County has sparked a bit of a price war.

Welcome to Route 66, the new home for cheaper gas, at least on a stretch of road between Catoosa and Claremore in Rogers County, it seems like there's a bit of a gas war going.

"Every time I drop it, they match it immediately and sometimes go under," said Ke Soon Chong of Hillcrest Market.

Ke Soon Chong owns the Hillcrest Deli, he’s talking about gas prices, and "they" is the new QuikTrip next door. When we were there both had dropped their prices to $2.65 a gallon.

It’s the same story at BJ's Pit Stop up the road. Motorist Bill Breazeale likes the folks inside and $2.68 a gallon is close enough.

"Not too bad," he said.

He'll keep coming as long as they're close.

Jeff and Kerri Floyd have owned the Pit Stop for eight years, they sell a lot of food, particularly pizza.

"Is there enough business without the gas customers?" asked News On 6 reporter Rick Wells.

"We're still trying to figure that out," Pit Stop owner Jeff Floyd said.

Their gas sales have been cut in half, same story up and down the road. On I-44 the price for a gallon of regular is $2.72, on Route 66 at the Lil Reasor’s and BJ’s it's $2.68, and of course, on Monday afternoon, Hillcrest and the QuikTrip were selling gas for $2.65 a gallon.

The winners in this little price war is the motorists who can not only get their kicks on Route 66, but cheaper gas too.

A QuikTrip representative told The News On 6 Monday afternoon, the Corporation's policy is to be competitive on price, and in practical terms, they don't like being undersold.

Watch the video: Route 66 Gas War