Disparities in gas prices leave Knoxville drivers confused

Disparities in gas prices leave Knoxville drivers confused

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"We were actually excited, but then again really frustrated because it's like well we shouldn't have to drive half the way across town to get gas," said driver Kari Harris. "We were actually excited, but then again really frustrated because it's like well we shouldn't have to drive half the way across town to get gas," said driver Kari Harris.
At the Kroger on Cedar Bluff, regular unleaded was going for $3.01 with a Kroger card. At the Kroger on Cedar Bluff, regular unleaded was going for $3.01 with a Kroger card.
The Kroger on Broadway in North Knoxville was at $3.26. The Kroger on Broadway in North Knoxville was at $3.26.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tuesday morning 6 News had several phone calls from viewers who were scratching their heads at the differences in gas prices from one side of the city to the other.

"We got on Cedar Bluff and we looked at the gas prices and they were $3.04," said Knoxville driver Kari Harris.

Harris, who lives in East Knoxville, was confused because gas near her home was going for $3.28.

"We were actually excited, but then again really frustrated because it's like well we shouldn't have to drive half the way across town to get gas," said Harris.

At the Kroger on Cedar Bluff, regular unleaded was going for $3.01 with a Kroger card.

On Broadway in North Knoxville, gas at the BP gas station on was $3.27, and the Kroger just down the street was at $3.26.

Why such a big difference?

"First of all, it's not new," said AAA spokesperson Don Lindsey. "We've seen this kind of disparity on one side of the city to the other for all the time that I've been here."

Lindsey says there are several reasons why gas prices are so different.

"Typically when gas prices are moving fast, changing quickly, one station will get a more expensive load of fuel and one station will have cheaper fuel, so you'll see a huge disparity from one place to the other," said Lindsey.

He says prices have also been changing because Europe is sending less gas to the U.S.

Lindsey also says refineries are having their seasonal maintenance a little bit early this year, which is causing a shortage in gas.

Department of Energy officials are predicting gas prices will be cheaper this year than 2012, but that still does not settle well with people trying to fuel up right now.

"They need to change it," added Harris.

The manager at Kroger on Cedar Bluff told us he follows what their corporate headquarters tells him to do. He did say the price dropped down to $3.01 Tuesday morning.

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