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Why are gas prices so high in Richmond?

December 9, 2011

Photo by Anthony aRusso

Prices at the Mobil Station on Main Street in Wyoming, along with Hess, Cumberland Farms and Stop & Shop, have remained significantly above the state average in recent weeks while that average has dropped.

RICHMOND - Local motorists have noticed a troublesome trend over the past few weeks. While gas prices throughout the state have continued to drop, gas prices along Main Street in Wyoming remain significantly above the state average.

The four gas stations, Mobil, Hess, Cumberland Farms and Stop & Shop, average approximately 20 cents higher than the state average, which AAA of Southern New England disclosed as $3.39 this week.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 6, the price of unleaded, self-serve gasoline at Hess and Cumberland Farms was $3.58/gallon, $3.59 at Mobil, and $3.63 at Stop & Shop. There is a $0.05/gallon discount at Stop & Shop for Stop & Shop cardholders.

According to Henny Spresser of Wood River Junction, she used to get gas on Main Street once a week, but since about two weeks ago when she noticed that other prices have been dropping and the Main Street prices remained high, she has fueled up at other locations.

She said that she has gotten gas in Warwick, and even in Connecticut.

“It seems to me that somehow they’re not worried about us,” Spresser said. “The prices are not going down like everyone else is going down.”

“When you travel through the state and see the prices lower, and even in Connecticut, then you wonder what’s wrong with that picture,” she added.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

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