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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