JUST ASK! Why does gas cost more in Keizer?

Ask us a question about just about anything and we’ll find the answer. This week’s featured question: Why are the gas stations in Keizer charging so much for gas per gallon?  The majority of the stations in Salem are at least 20 cents per gallon cheaper. – Terri P., Keizer Dear Terri, Through key interviews and some serious digging into property and business records, we have a workable theory. We started off at Gasbuddy.com, comparing prices within Salem and Keizer. This site takes submissions from the public as to gas prices at local stations. All the prices had been updated within 24 hours of this writing. At that particular time, gas prices were holding steady throughout Keizer at $2.87. We spotted gas in Salem as low as $2.77 and as high as $2.95. We talked with Norm Wargnier, who owned an Arco station where Sherwin-Williams is now located on River Road, and currently owns a Shell station in south Keizer. He’s been in the gasoline business for more than 50 years. He noted that gas stations have no control over the prices of their suppliers. Oil is traded on the commodities market and can be volatile, which trickles down to the pump. He noted many of Salem’s high-traffic gas stations are owned by large companies, while most in Keizer are owner-operated. We picked the stations listed as cheaper on...

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