Just one hour after gas prices hit rock bottom at a Shell gas station in Bragg Creek, west of Calgary, the pumps ran dry.
The special deal started at 3 p.m. Monday and was the station’s way of saying farewell after decades in the business.
“We’re celebrating our last day open by selling gas for 32 cents per litre,” manager John Teghtmeyer said. “We settled on 32 cents because we first started back in 1932.”
With soaring gas prices, customers came in droves to fill their tanks. Vehicles could be seen scattered on the streets around the station and waiting in long lineups.
In Vancouver, gas hit a record this weekend, climbing to more than 160.9 cents per litre.
“The 1.619 represents the single largest price point ever paid at any gas station, or any regional gas station across North America in the history of fuel,” Dan McTeague with Gasbuddy.com said.
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He added multiple factors have affected prices, but said blocking the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is not helping the situation.
According to Gasbuddy.com, some gas stations in Calgary have hit 133.9 cents per litre, but the factors are different than the ones being felt in B.C.
“Edmonton refineries have slowed production for maintenance which has created a little crimp in supply,” McTeague said.
On Monday morning, Teghtmeyer said the lines hadn’t started yet, but he believed the gas wouldn’t last long once prices dropped.
“We have about 6,000 litres left in the tank, so it should last for a couple of hours.”
After more than 85 years in the business, Teghtmeyer said the gas station is being sold to Shell.
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— With files from Estefania Duran
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