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June 16, 2012 8:40 pm  

Gas City on Northside Road in La Grande Princess is now open. This is the station that was just renovated - located on the corner just west of Foodtown.


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jenndineen
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June 17, 2012 2:37 am  

how much is gas per galloon on st croix?


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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June 17, 2012 7:19 am  

The gas station has two pumps pay at the pump----you pay with your credit card outside.

Although the store wont be open 24hrs, those 2 pumps will make gas available 24hrs.

$3.39 a gallon right now


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June 17, 2012 9:47 am  

They sold out of regular gas in 2 days. Currently only premium gas.


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June 17, 2012 10:21 am  

pay at the pump, what a great idea.


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June 17, 2012 11:39 am  

$3.39 a gallon right now

WOW! I just paid $4.80+ on STT for regular. No wonder that station ran out quickly!


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June 17, 2012 2:00 pm  

The "rack rate" is now $3.05 a gallon inclusive of the .07 tax... $0.32 a gallon gross profit- not bad at all- this is responsible retailing vice the normal STX mark up .45 to .55 a gallon! Probably has a 10,000 gallon tank...


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June 19, 2012 1:55 pm  

Just got back from spending some time on STX, and I heard the radio ads for Gas City. It's about time someone offered a pay at the pump option!! There are a lot of quaint, old-fashioned things I like about STX, but having to go inside and stand in line to pay cash for gas is not one of them.


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June 19, 2012 5:22 pm  

Food stand set up there as well- mideasternish type food, I believe. Had the hummous and tabouli, very good!


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June 20, 2012 8:19 pm  

These guys should be commended for the work they did on that gas station. I never thought I'd say a gas station was "beautiful" but when you are used to dealing with the blight that serves for a gas station here what they put up is fantastic. They put in huge round top covers, digital signage, pay at the pump, and a nice food stand serving middle eastern cuisine that is not really available anywhere else on St. Croix. Hopefully they maintain the place and keep it as nice as it is now. I wish more people invested in their land and business like this.

The price today was up to $3.47 which is still ok. I expected that as most gas stations put out a really low inital price to get people to try the station. I'll actually pay a small premium for pay at the pump convenience.

Sean


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June 20, 2012 11:11 pm  

Quote Stiphy " I never thought I'd say a gas station was "beautiful" but when you are used to dealing with the blight that serves for a gas station here what they put up is fantastic."

LOL I was thinking the same thing. We should post pics of this station and the norm.....


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June 21, 2012 2:20 pm  

Gas here in AZ is $3.45 for regular.


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beachy
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June 21, 2012 6:15 pm  

I just paid $3.219 at a Hess station in New Jersey. Tell me again how the station owners on stx aren't gouging their customers...


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June 21, 2012 8:40 pm  

Gas City is at $3.39 again and the neighboring station is at $3.31. Beachy, using the $3.39 amount, I don't think a 6% markup is "gouging" here on the island. The volume of gas that a station can sell here is considerably lower and the fixed costs are arguably the same or possibly higher (land probably cheaper, labor higher). Also last time I drove the Melvin Highway I didn't have to stop and pay a toll 🙂

There are a lot of things I feel we get gouged on but gas isn't one of them IMO. It's still cheaper here than in Washington DC where I lived (mostly due to higher taxes there).

Sean


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June 21, 2012 9:26 pm  

There are a lot of things I feel we get gouged on but gas isn't one of them IMO.

Agreed. Hopefully we can say the same come January.

Yeah, I geeked out at Gas City, as well. Went out of my way just to fill up there. It's the little things you miss, like pay at the pump. And the computer even asked how much gas I wanted before I pumped!

(Add that the shwarma from the truck is very good, as well.)


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June 22, 2012 11:44 am  

It asked how much gas you wanted before you pumped? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of pay-at-the-pump? Obviously the other advantages are being able to use a credit card and not having to go inside to wait in line, but the main reason I pay at the pump is that I want a completely full tank so I can avoid getting gas again for as long as possible, and I never know exactly how much gas that will take.


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June 22, 2012 1:34 pm  

I think they are gouging. Here in the states $.50 or so a gallon is added in state and federal taxes.


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stiphy
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June 22, 2012 2:57 pm  

Terry,

Then I'd suggest opening a gas station and reaping in some of that good money 🙂

Sean


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June 22, 2012 6:20 pm  

It asked how much gas you wanted before you pumped? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of pay-at-the-pump? Obviously the other advantages are being able to use a credit card and not having to go inside to wait in line, but the main reason I pay at the pump is that I want a completely full tank so I can avoid getting gas again for as long as possible, and I never know exactly how much gas that will take.

It was an option. For instance, I knew that I wanted $40 worth of gas. Instead of having to play with the pump to try to hit $40 exactly, it asked me if I wanted to enter an amount when I swiped my card. So, I entered $40, and it stopped at $40. If you want a full tank, you don't have to use that option.


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June 22, 2012 6:31 pm  

It asked how much gas you wanted before you pumped? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of pay-at-the-pump? Obviously the other advantages are being able to use a credit card and not having to go inside to wait in line, but the main reason I pay at the pump is that I want a completely full tank so I can avoid getting gas again for as long as possible, and I never know exactly how much gas that will take.

It was an option. For instance, I knew that I wanted $40 worth of gas. Instead of having to play with the pump to try to hit $40 exactly, it asked me if I wanted to enter an amount when I swiped my card. So, I entered $40, and it stopped at $40. If you want a full tank, you don't have to use that option.

That was what I thought as being perfectly logical ...


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June 23, 2012 5:19 am  

I always fill up my tank completely at STX gas stations...I just go inside, ask them if its okay to fill up (usually flash a credit card), and I fill up, then go back inside to pay. Not as efficient as pay at the pump, but still doable down here.


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stiphy
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June 25, 2012 7:37 am  

I've never actually gone inside, usually just start filling up. After a 5 second delay they turn the pump on. I guess I look honest 🙂 I am definitely glad to see pay at the pump here but on the overall list of island inconveniences this one ranks down on the list to me as I've never really had a massive wait to pay/get gas. Now dealing with New Jersey where you can't pump your own gas, especially at a rest stop on the turnpike that's got a huge line and is way understaffed, that's another story 🙂

Sean


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