A gallon of unleaded regular now costs $3.73 in the Tacoma area on average. That’s down from $3.799 a week ago and some 13 cents off the 2013 high of $3.86 set more than two weeks ago according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.
At least five stations in Pierce County are now selling unleaded regular for less than $3.50 a gallon. Price leaders are an Arco station at South 56th and Orchard streets and Costcos near the Tacoma Mall and in Gig Harbor where the gas was selling Thursday for $3.45 a gallon.
Prices started escalating in the local area just before Christmas, but they never reached the level they hit in early spring last year, $4.127. Last year’s gas price fluctuations were magnified by effects of refinery fires in Washington and California.
Gas prices last spring cross the $4 barrier in mid-March and didn’t decline below that level until the third week of June. Those prices hit the year’s high on Memorial Day weekend at $4.31 a gallon.
National prices this week are about 11 cents less a gallon than in the South Sound.
In Thurston County, the low price, $3.49 a gallon was at a Texaco at 11315 Scott Creek Drive SW. In Federal Way, gas was selling for $3.49 a gallon at Costco on Enchanted Parkway and at three Arco stations.