• November 26, 2014

Area gas prices on the decline

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:30 am

As average retail gasoline prices continue to decline around the nation and state, Killeen finally seems to be falling in line.

Exxon, at West Stan Schlueter Loop and Clear Creek Road, boasted the lowest prices Monday at $3.34 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. The highest prices, at $3.39 per gallon, could be found at a variety of places across town.

Lisa Miller, who lives at Fort Hood, said she hadn’t noticed a change in gas prices. She normally fills up on post, but said she prefers the H-E-B on Trimmier Road because “their gas is better.”

Since it isn’t uncommon for her to spend $80 per tank, Miller said she would like to see prices drop.

“I’d love for it to be $3.30, $3.20 (a gallon),” she said. The grocery chain also currently offers 11 cents off per gallon if customers use an H-E-B gift card.

Patricia Grider, who lives south of Killeen, said she noticed a fluctuation in prices around the area, but after returning home from a recent vacation to Florida, she was grateful for Texas prices.

“It was about $4 per gallon there,” she said.

A wider range of prices can be found in Harker Heights, from $3.29 at Sam’s Club on West Central Texas Expressway to $3.47 at Rudy’s on East Central Texas Expressway. Prices in Copperas Cove vary from $3.33 at H-E-B to $3.46 at Phillips 66 on Farm-to-Market 2657 and FM 2808.

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas fell 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com. This compares with the national average that fell 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57.

As of Sunday, state gas prices were 12.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 8.8 cents per gallon less than a month ago. The national average decreased 10.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon less than one year ago.

While Texas reaped the benefits of falling gas prices, other areas have not been so fortunate. The Great Lakes region saw a price jump last week, said senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com.

“As crazy as it sounds, it was due to retail prices falling faster than wholesale prices, likely spurred on by intense competition as prices dropped,” DeHaan said. “Outside of the Great Lakes, prices have been gently falling in the last week.”

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