Low Gas Prices Could Increase Area Businesses

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Cheryl Watson, who works in Daleville, depends on her customer's business to pay her bills. Without customers coming in, it means there won’t be any money in her pockets.

Watson says, "People can't come out to eat because they don't have the gas money. You can't get there, so you can't eat."

But, dropping gas prices may soon turn that around. With crude oil dropping below $70 a barrel motorists are filling up more. Managers like Steve Drown are hoping to reap the benefits. He hopes that customers will come back in this weekend.

Drown says high gas prices has definitely putting a damper on his business, and slowing down the amount of people coming in to spend their cash.

Drown says, "Certainly whenever there's a choice between visiting places or spending money on gasoline at this point and time people are spending money on gasoline, so I have seen a reduction in business."

In Daleville, gas sits below $2.90 a gallon for regular unleaded, and according to AAA, is expected to drop over the weekend. The price of gas hasn't been below three dollars since February 16th. For Watson, lower gas prices mean more customers and in turn money in her pocket.

Watson says, "Half the battle is getting the customers here, if I can get them here I don't have a problem."

The national average price of gas sits at $3.04.

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