Editorial: Pump up the local economy

Editorial questions why gasoline prices are higher in Sooke

Okay, what’s going on?

Why are people living in Sooke paying more for gasoline than those who live in Langford. On Tuesday the price per litre in Sooke was 139.9 cents and in Langford is was 124.9. That’s 15 cents difference.

Yes, we know that the prices are dictated by what the companies say is the going price, but come on. Why does it take three seconds to change the price when it goes up and three weeks to change it when it goes down?  In Sooke we have seen the gas prices change almost hourly and it’s always up not down.

If these gas stations want people to become loyal customers then they need to be fair with the price of gasoline. People do travel out of Sooke to get better prices on many things and gas is one of those obvious commodities. Sure people may have to buy gas but, if they are travelling, chances are they won’t do a fill up but rather a top up.

We do not want businesses Sooke to become  strictly “convenience stores,” but they have to be competitive, especially when so many people commute every day and are already on the road. This applies to other stores as well, not just gas stations. Sooke residents honestly want to support local businesses but when it comes to price, the lowest always wins.

Things are tough for a lot of folks these days and it would serve business well to be aware that people are driving away from their pumps and filling up elsewhere.d

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