NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- It’s what’s being called a price war in New Windsor. 3 gas stations on Route 207 are battling it out for customers.
“It went from 3.59 to 3.49 then to 3.39 in the last two weeks and the next thing you know the people up the street dropped their price right away” said one customer.
In the last two months, prices have dropped dramatically. How did this all start? Ask Gulf Station owner Mohmmed Adeel.
“This is our strategy” he says, “not to make any money on gas, just to bring the customers in.”
Adeel opened his station in August, and says to get new customers, he priced his gas lower than the other two stations that are just down the road. Starting around $3.90 a gallon in August, down to this week’s price of $3.39.
“Since last week our business has doubled, more than doubled” Adeel said.
His price, has made the two other stations, match his.
“You have to, because this is a business. If you don’t match the price you kill the business outside and inside” says Citgo station owner, Raj Chilana.
But who’s the winner in all this? Just ask customer, Earl Conklin.
“It’s definitely the customer with these low gas prices.”
Conklin filled up his truck, and some more. With other stations in the area posting prices from $3.59 to $3.75. He wasn’t the only one taking advantage.
“You have to save where you can” says customer Barbara Smith.
“We have plans to sustain it longer than everyone else” says Adeel, “So let’s see, who goes out first.”
Station owners say they’re not sure if these prices are going to go even lower, but they’re hoping customers keep coming in, and filling up.