Southwest Chicago Post
"Man bites dog" is a common phrase in journalism used to describe an unusual and unexpected situation.
The other day, I stumbled across a "man bites dog" story.
I was talking with Abe, the owner of Archer BP, located at Archer and Oak Park.
I talked about the challenge of operating a gas station in Chicago, just four blocks from the suburbs, where gasoline is always cheaper, because of the five-cents per gallon City of Chicago Vehicle Fuel Tax.
Wrong, I learned, to my surprise.
Despite the city tax, Archer BP's gasoline prices consistently match and even beat the prices of the gas stations on the Summit side of Harlem Avenue, Abe told me.
No, I said.
Yes, it's true, Abe said. See for yourself.
So I did.
At 1:15 p.m. Saturday, August 2, I drove down Harlem.
At 54th and Harlem, I saw this:
At 58th and Harlem, I saw this:
At 59th and Harlem, I saw this:
So then I went back to Archer BP at Archer and Oak Park and saw this:
That's right. Archer BP's gasoline was 13 cents a gallon less than Thorntons and Speedway, and 16 cents a gallon less than Shell.
Put 20 gallons in your tank (as I typically do when I fill up), and you'll save at least $2.60 every time you choose Archer BP.
I fill up about once a week, so that's about $135 a year in savings--in my pocket, rather than in the bank account of a suburban gas station.
It's an easy choice for me. How about you?
Thanks, Abe. You opened my eyes and saved me some $$$.
Plus, combine those savings at the pump with Archer BP's current deals on milk and other beverages. Click here for details.
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