April 30, 2018 1:04 pm
Updated: April 30, 2018 7:32 pm

Bragg Creek gas station pumps run dry after celebrating last day with rock-bottom prices

WATCH: On Monday afternoon drivers in Bragg Creek lined up and waited for shockingly cheap gas. As Tracy Nagai reports, no one could resist the 32-cent price tag.

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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.”

READ MORE: Shell brings back 1984 gas prices to celebrate anniversary 

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.

A Bragg Creek, Alta. gas station had vehicles line up to buy gas at rock-bottom prices on April 30, 2018.

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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.

WATCH: Gas analyst Dan McTeague on what’s behind the recent rise in gas prices across Canada.


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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.

READ MORE: Trans Mountain fiasco could worsen pain at the pump for all Canadians this summer 

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.

Watch below: As gas prices in Metro Vancouver hit record highs, B.C. drivers cross the border to find relief at the pump. Paul Johnson reports.

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On Monday afternoon the Bragg Creek Shell will lower its gas prices to 32 cents per litre.

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