superamerica can suck it

May 27, 2005

SuperAmerica is the 900 pound gorilla in the Minnesota gasoline retailer universe and they suck. It’s difficult to go more than a few blocks in this area without passing a SuperAmerica (hell, they even buy the stations across the street so that there is no choice where to go) — eliminating the competitors one at a time and costing us more and more at the pumps.Obviously there are bigger factors at play than one company raising prices, but 18 to 25 cent jumps in an afternoon have no legitimate reason. They’re stealing from you. Driving through St. Paul from the suburbs each day is infuriating. Driving past the SuperAmerica in Eagan the other morning had them changing the price upwards from $1.86 to $2.01. The other stations near by have so far been able to resist playing the game with SA, but that is due to the fact that they have better locations, and at least in my case a loyal customer base.

SuperAmerica runs the Midway area of St. Paul near my office with numerous stations and they stick it to the people living around them. They don’t just charge a few cents more, they regularly charge twenty cents more a gallon than they do in the suburbs to a population with a markedly lower ability to pay these prices. True, crime is higher as the bulletproof glass cases confirm, but there is no reason apart from insatiable greed to explain these differences.

The only way to put an end to this gouging is to put an end to shopping at these awful red, white and blue stores — today, right now.

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