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Gas prices fall nearly 8 cents in a week in South Sound

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
March 28, 2013 1:40 pm

Gas$$3Average gas prices have fallen by nearly eight cents in a week in the South Sound.

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.

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