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Local gas stations at war for lowest gas prices

By JR Ortega
Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.

Murphy Express tries to keep its unleaded gas prices two to three cents lower than its competition, said Eddie Ruiz, assistant manager. Murphy and H-E-B on Navarro Street had the lowest gas prices Thursday.

Larry Christ joined the parade of cars turning into the new Murphy Express gas station on Thursday.

"$2.27 UNLEADED," read the towering big red sign on North Navarro Street.

"I think it's about time it fell," said Christ, as he fueled up his white Camaro to its limit of $28. "I'm filling it up."

The lowering of gas prices is a trend most of the United States is seeing this Labor Day weekend.

Local gas prices fluctuated between $2.39 and Murphy's $2.27 Thursday, said Eddie Ruiz, the station's assistant manager.

The station opened last Thursday in front of Lowe's with a gas price of $2.47.

Since then, prices have steadily dropped, he said.

"Murphy oil - we try to stay competitive at two to three cents lower from what they're at," he said about the station's competition.

The H-E-B gas stations, Valero and Exxon are Murphy's top competitors in the area, he said.

"If they match ours, we'll go lower," he said as vehicles continued to flow into the station.

Christ is happy the Murphy USA company came to Victoria.

Christ was on Loop 463 and exited after he saw the big red sign, he said.

"I went out of my way," he said.

The H-E-B on Navarro Street matched Murphy Express, but was unable to comment about its gas station lowering its gas prices.

"If they match ours, we'll go lower," Ruiz said. "It's a gas war. Everybody likes cheap gas."



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