Lowest gas price in town leads to traffic jam at the pumps; STGnews Videocast

Cars line up to take advantage of low gas prices at Costco, St. George, Dec. 23, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

ST. GEORGE Southern Utahns with Costco memberships received an extra Christmas bonus at the pump this week as the price of regular gasoline at Costco dropped more than 20 cents below the lowest reported non-membership St. George price.

The price for unleaded regular gasoline has been on a steady decline, from a $3.49 average price in September, according to GasBuddy.com, to a current price of $2.19 at Costco as of Tuesday.

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Videocast by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

Currently, the lowest non-membership price for regular gasoline in St. George is $2.47, according to MotorTrend, and can be found at the Fabulous Freddy’s on River Road. So, for those with Costco memberships, an extra discount of 27 cents was an enticement they couldn’t pass up.

Costco members waited in line as long as 20 minutes Tuesday to take advantage of the $2.19 deal at the pumps.

“I heard Costco had a great price,” Pat Gardner, of St. George, said. “So, it was worth it to me to drive out here and wait a few minutes.”

The mega-store usually doesn’t ever run out of gasoline, Costco gas attendant Richard Sokoff said. They receive new shipments of roughly 36,000 gallons every morning to replenish their supply and meet the high demand.

“The price dropped to $2.19 about a week ago,” Sokoff said, “so it’s stabling out.”

Sokoff attributed Tuesday’s congestion and long lines at the Costco pumps to people traveling and shopping for the holidays. Additionally, Costco members sought to fill their tanks before the store closes on Thursday.

“We’re closed Christmas Day,” Sokoff said, “so employees can spend the holiday with their families.”

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  • Detailed charts outlining gas prices in Utah can be found here.

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19 Comments

  • Evil twins mommy December 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Well sometimes with good news comes a little discomfort but it’s the overall pictures that sets the time and moment for us all we are truly blessed to live where we do. Merry Christmas to everyone

  • Bryce Scott December 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Ha! 2.19 eh?

    We dropped to $1.92 in Colorado!

  • Jamie December 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Costco in Spanish Fork was $1.99 a gallon today along with Sam’s Club in Provo. We were so excited about it but our card was decline so we ended up going to another station abound were able to use the card but lost that savings. Merry Christmas

  • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    We should praise Jesus for bringing fuel costs so low and also those Arabs in Saudi Arabia for bringing their oil production to full capacity. A merry gasoline filled Christmas to all 😀

  • ell December 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    But if you fill an average 10 gallon tank you save only about $2.70 if the average is $2.47. Worth it to wait in line?

    • My Evil Twin December 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Perhaps it is worth the wait for some of the folks here who make minimum wage, if that. Of course they likely burned up more than they saved in gas, while waiting.
      We came up 3050 about six thirty Monday night. The line not only went out blocking the # 2 lane of 3050 East, but went all the way back to the traffic signal at 850 North!

  • Simone December 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Obama.

    • GladImNotWhite December 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

      I am glad that somebody had enough intestinal fortitude to thank the man for once. All we ever hear about is how its Obamas fault for high gas prices. Now that they are low, I think only you and I expressed any praise for the man.

  • Koolaid December 24, 2014 at 1:29 am

    While gasoline prices drop across the nation, your Utah state government plans to increase taxes and keep the gas prices inflated. Want to blame Obama for high gas prices? Think again. Well, first try thinking. Your state government is to blame for penalizing you with the high prices. BTW, did Obama take your guns?

  • Hiker December 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Must be the church tax that keeps the price at other pumps so high. Price fixing?

    • Koolaid December 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Is that why the 10% increase?

  • GladImNotWhite December 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

    SHEEPLE!

  • Dr. Marrix Mass December 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Hurry to the pumps wait in line save that 3 dollars and wait a hr. You just made 3 dollars an hr. And you want minimum wage to come up. You already proved what an hr is worth to you. WE NEED ELECTRIC CARS. WE NEED ELECTRIC CARS. WE NEED TO KEEP DRILLING AND USING OUR OIL UNTIL ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES ARE OUT OF BUSINESS. What if the come to take ours. First we send out our hooligans, and prisoners with out weapons to fight. Once their gone we send out people over 75 years to fight once their gone. We send out the people with disability no not the handy cap not that. Crude, just the ones that are unstable the ones that might shoot their classmates or workers or have PTSD and the ones with BfD. Once they all fought. Next we us the undocumented people oh ya and the ones having rally’s oh ya and the ones how complain about our freedoms and how life isn’t fair. Then finally we will stop drilling for oil let the prices rise and make new friends a row the globe and help sell their oil so we can make more prophet. We will be able to keep a little more money do to lower taxes. Then we will start the whole process over then in another 275 years the free and the brave will have to clean house again.

    • GladImNotWhite December 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      These are the same people who wait in line for a fountain soda….so its not surprise.

    • MARK December 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      LOL YOU MUST BE A LATINO. Happy Holidays AMIGO.

    • Coprqwn December 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I think we oughta first send out the ones who don’t know how to properly use their, there and they’re. Not that I disagree with the idea of cleaning house, I’d love to rid the world of some ignorance.

  • Earl Richards December 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Low oil prices are good for business.

  • Khentges December 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Thank Obama? For what, when he got into office gas was 1.89! Did he have anything to do with this? Huh, he is so out of touch (like some that posted here) I bet if you asked him what the price of gas is he’d have no clue. Flying around the world playing golf and leaving a carbon footprint bigger than Al Gore, I don’t think we need to thank this dictator. If Costco can sell gas that cheap, why can’t the rest of the stations?

  • Dancer December 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    to the peolpe who say that 3 dollars is not a big deal and that the price of 2.19 is not that low but the people that live here think it’s amazing and is a “Big Deal” saving 3 dollars than losing 3 dollars

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