Gas prices claim local casualty

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Cheaper pump prices in New Brunswick have claimed a casualty in Amherst and others may be about to follow.

Steamboats Gas Bar and Convenience, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is closing its doors at the end of April and its owner is taking direct aim at lower gas prices across the border.

Cheaper pump prices in New Brunswick have claimed a casualty in Amherst and others may be about to follow.

Steamboats Gas Bar and Convenience, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is closing its doors at the end of April and its owner is taking direct aim at lower gas prices across the border.

Im not getting local support at the pumps. If theyre not coming to the pumps, theyre not coming into the store, Janice Landry said Tuesday. Theyre going to New Brunswick.

Landry said her store just cant compete when gas is up to 10 cents a litre cheaper a few kilometres away in Aulac and Sackville.

Their gas is cheaper, their cigarettes are cheaper and their milk is cheaper. Go over to Sackville and take a look at the pumps, most of them are Nova Scotia cars, she said.

While she doesnt blame consumers for going across the border to gas up their vehicles, Landry said people have to understand their decisions are hurting local business, especially the small retailers who depend so much on local business. She also feels Sunday shopping has hurt sales as well.

The bigger stations have more money to play with but I just keep suffering loss after loss.When youre working seven days a week at it and coming in to work every day losing money there comes a time to throw in the towel, she said.

Another retailers being forced to act is Bruce Fage, who owns the South Albion Shell. While his business is a corporate store, he has still seen a dramatic decrease in business to the point hell no longer be operating the business 24 hours a day.

As of this weekend therell be be no 24-hour gas stations in Amherst. Youll have to go to Aulac, Fage said. Our gas volumes are down 20 to 30 per cent and that translates in the store as well. People arent coming in.

Despite the losses, theres no end in sight. Finance Minister Michael Baker has all but ruled out following New Brunswicks lead on reducing the motif tax on fuels. Speaking in Amherst earler this month, Baker said the province needs those tax revenues to pay for its extensive repaving program.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Amherst, New Brunswick, Aulac Nova Scotia New Brunswicks

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