Price war at Leland gas stations

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Competition led to a gas war in Brunswick County over the weekend, and drivers loved it.

A Harris Teeter gas station opened a few weeks ago in a shopping center in Leland across US 17 from a Murphy USA. As part of its grand opening, Harris Teeter offered a 20-cent discount with your VIC card, so the price was $1.88/gallon of unleaded.

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In response Murphy USA dropped its unleaded price to match. That led to the stations going back and forth until the price got down to a $1.28/gallon.

This caused people from all over to line up to get the cheap gas.

“I think it’s a good idea, you can’t get anything else cheap,” Mary Simpson of Riegelwood said. “So I got the gas cheap.”

While the price war seems to have eased up today down to $1.88 at both locations, it forced people to direct traffic because of the long lines of cars.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct some information. We apologize for the confusion.