QuikTrip explains why gas is so much cheaper in Park City
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - There's a lot of uncertainty over what's going to happen next with gas prices, but one thing's for sure, they're still high. This is what President Biden talked about Thursday, saying it's because of the war in Ukraine on top of the pandemic.
Just about anywhere you look in Wichita, you'll pay about $3.73 for gas as of Thursday, and it's starting to hit hard for many families. But, if you're willing to drive a few miles north, you might save a lot of money.
"I grew up in a family like many of you, where the price of a gallon of gasoline went up, it was a discussion at the kitchen table," said President Biden.
These high prices are starting to take a toll on drivers like Bryan Williamson and Cary Nafziger.
"I'm feeling it right now. We're only at 56 bucks in, and we'll probably tap up at $120 today," said Williamson while fueling his truck.
"This is hard. I mean, I drive a lot. And when it cost me, you know, 60 bucks to get fuel or 80 bucks like it did yesterday, it starts biting into everything," said Nafziger.
But Thursday, Nafziger noticed something strange.
"When I saw the $3.43, I was shocked. Pulled right in, it's really helping us out," said Nafziger
In Park City, just one mile away from the closest edge of Wichita city limits, gas is 30 cents cheaper.
"I don't know why that little bit would make any difference," said Nafziger.
QuikTrip spokeswoman Aisha Jefferson-Smith says it's actually pretty normal, saying:
"Pricing is based on our competitors. QT and everyone else compete against somebody. Whether down the street, across the street or somebody who may be in a particular driving pattern... QuikTrip remains committed to offering high quality, competitively priced fuel for our customers every single day. QuikTrip stores might have different prices all over town, depending on the price of gas with competitors."
Right now, the low prices might have something to do with the new competing Kwik Shop just down I-135 in Park City.
Whatever the reasons, Nafziger is enjoying the low prices. And it's giving Williamson an even better day than he expected.
"Hey, 70 bucks! That was only half a tank. Love it," said Williamson.
According to GasBuddy, prices are still trending slightly downward across the country. This is a good sign, but only time will tell what happens next.