We are starting to see a bit of a trend regarding the price of gas in Marquette and this time it is good news. According to our research using Gas Buddy, Marquette had the cheapest gas among Houghton, Iron Mountain and Escanaba on Tuesday.
The price of regular unleaded gas in Escanaba was $3.78 per gallon, Houghton was $3.77 per gallon, Iron Mountain was $3.85 per gallon and Marquette was $3.76 per gallon. This is great news for our area. We don't know why the price of gas is cheaper in Marquette, but we are very happy to see that gas prices in Marquette are getting more competitive.
We realize that consumers won't be happy with the price of gas when it is in the $3 to $4 per gallon range, but we hope that consumers recognize what we have and that is that at least the price of gas in Marquette seems to be coming down and becoming more competitive with other Upper Peninsula cities.
The reason we got involved with asking questions about the price of gas is because AAA of Michigan consistently listed Marquette as having the highest price of gas in the state of Michigan.
If the trend we are seeing in the last couple of weeks continues, there will be no need to keep talking about the price of gas in Marquette. We have said that all we would like to see is Marquette being more competitive in gas prices with the other major cities in the Upper Peninsula.
We have also noticed a difference in the price of gas from station to station in our area, which leads us to believe that stations are making more independent decisions regarding the price of gas instead of everyone selling gas for the exact same price.
We feel it is appropriate and fair to say thank you to local gas stations for becoming more competitive on gas prices. If we are going to ask the tough questions when our gas prices are high we also need to recognize it when local stations appear to be making an effort to bring more competitive prices to our area.
We will continue to monitor the price of gas in our area and we hope the current trend continues and we remain competitive with the other major cities in the U.P. If local gas stations remain competitive the need to continue to editorialize about the price of gas in our area will be greatly diminished.
We have said in the past that we didn't want customers to criticize the clerks at gas stations because they do not control the price of gas. We have recommended that they contact the station owners and share their concerns. In this case we recommend that customers share their appreciation with local gas station owners to say thank you for getting more competitive.
Let's try a little positive reinforcement and see what results that will bring us. Maybe the results will be that gas prices in our area will continue to be more competitive.