Hwy. 69 North scene of apparent gas war

Shell Truck Stop
Shell Truck Stop

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two gas stations in the Pollok area are waged in an apparent gas war, with prices about 11 cents cheaper than any other gas station in Angelina County.

There aren't too many things that fluctuate like gas prices, but you can't complain when they go down.

"Every penny counts. I know that much when it comes to gas," said Charla Redd who works as a clerk at Shell.

When two gas stations on North highway 69 seemed to be in a price war... people noticed.

One driver said, "The more they do that, the lower it goes."

We compared other Polk-Pick-It-Up gas prices around town. No matter the brand of gas prices were all around $2.53.

The Polk-owned Chevron on 69, however, matched the Shell across the street at 12 cents less.

"I hope they keep competing, so gas will go down lower," said another Lufkin driver.

Jose Cervantes cooks up the bar-b-que offered at the Shell store. He says it's not about competition... they're just doing their job.

"We ain't trying to beat nobody. We just trying to make a living," said Cervantes.

KTRE was unable to find out what Chevron and Polk-Pick-it-UP had to say about the gas wars on North highway 69 because calls to corporate office were not returned.

Early Thursday afternoon the price at the Chevron suddenly went up eighteen cents... sending customers across the street.

"I was on the other side of the road and went, no, 2.41 over here," said a driver.

But that didn't last long.

"The gas prices gone up already since yesterday," said the Shell store's owner.

For those lucky customers who got gas early, the savings definitely added up.

Prices at the Shell Truck Stop at 3889 Hwy. 69 North and the Polk's Chevron at 10 a.m. Thursday were $2.41 for regular unleaded.

Most gas stations in the Lufkin city limits, including those owned by Polk Oil Company, hovered around $2.52.

At about 12:50 p.m., both gas stations on U.S. 69 raised their prices back to $2.59.

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