By Jake Bross
GRAND LEDGE–As spring approaches frigid Michigan, the price of gas is taking its toll, hiking up to almost $4 per gallon this week.
“It’s terrible,” Grand Ledge resident Marilyn Sample said while standing next to her light blue Chrysler van. “I usually get gas at least once a week. With these prices it’s going to be tough.”
On Monday, Feb. 18, Grand Ledge gas prices averaged $3.92 per gallon, which is far above the national average price of $3.73, according to a report done by MLive.com.
With every rise in gas prices, customers have plummeted for Muhammad Maan, owner of the Sunoco gas station on East Jefferson Street and South Bridge Street.
“Business is very bad,” Maan said, pointing around to his empty gas station and party store. “Because of all the increases, customers are choosing to go to the big business gas stations instead of the middle business man, who is forced to have too many taxes.”
Maan’s gas station usually sees around 100 customers each day—a huge difference from the few hundred customers he’d see in previous years.
Larger businesses, like Meijer and Costco, are able to lower their display prices, or the prices shown on the signs, said Maan. While it looks like the customers are paying less, they are still paying for extra taxes and operation fees that are the same amount, or more, as smaller businesses.
“They only see what’s on the front sign,” Maan said.
With the front sign prices racing upwards, many Grand Ledge residents are getting anxious and upset.
“It’s killing the working man,” said Roy Price who drives a 2000 Grand Am and is found at the pump at least two times per week. “It’s ridiculous.”
Price’s wife Amy agreed, “It’s a joke.”
Joke or not, the heavy increases in gas prices are a reality for all of Michigan and the nation.
GasBuddy.com, a website that analyzes current gas prices and projected prices, predicted Michigan gas prices to average $4.25 by April.
Prices are rising due to gas refineries reducing their inventories of winter blend gas in order to prepare and perform maintenance before the switch to summer gasoline, Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com said in a recent news release.
No matter the cause for the price jump, the pump will not be a spot for relaxation any time soon.
For up to date gas prices in Grand Ledge, check GasBuddy.com for locations and prices that work best for you.