Statewide retail gasoline prices in Texas decreased slightly this week and Wal-Mart remains one of the cheapest places to fill up in Killeen.
The AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide price of a gallon of fuel dropped by a nickel to average $2.14 per gallon. Nationwide, gasoline prices are down 4 cents this week and averaged $2.32 per gallon.
That price is 5 cents less than last week and is the same price per gallon as on this day last year. Of the major cities surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth were paying the most on average at $2.19 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo were paying the least at $1.98 per gallon
Local gas prices
The cheapest Killeen location for area drivers to fill up Saturday was at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 3801 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, with a listed price of $1.94 per gallon of gas. The next cheapest location for gas at a price of $1.99 was at the Corner Store on 4402 E. Rancier and N. Twin Creek Drive.
Motorists in Harker Heights could find the cheapest gas at $1.83 per gallon at Sam’s Club at 600 W. U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14. The next cheapest gas was $1.92 at H-E-B at 601 Indian Trail.
Drivers in Copperas Cove could find the best price for gas at a price of $1.97 per gallon at three separate locations: the Exxon at 2411 E. U.S. Highway 190 and Dewald Street, Stripes at 1262 U.S. Highway 190, Murphy USA at 2712 E. Highway 190 and Gibson Street and 7-Eleven at 2124 E. U.S. Highway 190 near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
National gas prices
The national price dropped at the pump due to an unexpected buildup of crude oil inventories last week combined with ongoing high gasoline production, an increase in gasoline stocks and a drop in gasoline demand.
The country’s cheapest gas prices continue to be in the south and southeast: Oklahoma at $2.04 per gallon, Arkansas at $2.08 per gallon and Louisiana at $2.13 per gallon. In the region, all states saw prices decline at the pump with Texas dropping the most by five cents from last week.
“With many students being out of school now, this is a great time for Texas families to take advantage of lower gas prices and make that first summer road trip,” said AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Representative Daniel Armbruster. “AAA Texas Travel Agents at branch offices across the state are ready to help travelers plan for those exciting trips that will help save them time and money.”