Gas price war between Columbus gas stations leads to many filling up the tank

Updated: Apr. 28, 2018 at 6:27 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two Columbus gas stations are duking it out to have the lowest gas prices in the Fountain City. Columbus drivers say they are loving it.

"I was wondering why everybody was lined up, and I turned around and looked at the sign and it was $1.90. And I said 'Oh my goodness!'" explained Sheila Tolbert.

"When I got here, I almost flipped when I saw it even cheaper than yesterday," says driver Art Wiley.

According to the American Automobile Association, the average price for regular gas in Columbus, Georgia is $2.64. For diesel, it's $2.91. That changed on St. Mary's Road when Little Bob's Liberty Gas Station set up shop. Since then the prices have been getting lower and lower.

"I was waiting around for that," says Wiley.

"Gas prices are so high, and you're not getting a paycheck or increase in pay, so you have to get what's available, what's limited and what's good," Tolbert says.

Customers say Little Bob's opened with gas prices at $2.44 forcing Marathon to drop to $2.60 and that is when the war began. Marathon lowering their prices to 2.09 and Little Bob's setting their prices as low as $1.90.

"They actually ran out of gas and I was told by one of the representatives that the gas was on the way. Well, I went next door to get gas and when I got in my car, the gas car was here," says Wiley.

Drivers say although the war is between the two businesses, ultimately it is the drivers who are winning.

"I came in and waited 20 minutes to get my gas and it was worth it. It was worth it. It was just wonderful," says Tolbert.

Both businesses say it is all in the spirit of competition and thinking in the best interest of drivers. Representatives with Little Bob's say this may not be the last time you will see those low prices.

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