(CHATHAM, ON) – Traffic was reduce to one lane on Richmond Street in Chatham during the evening of May 23. It wasn’t due to construction, however.
Motorists occupied the curb lane as they waited in line to access the $1.18 gas at Pioneer. Vehicles spilled out of the station property and far down Richmond toward Kiel Drive.
As area prices topped $1.28, the price slash at Pioneer wasn’t a shot across the bow of other local gas retailers. Less than six hours later, the price had rocketed to $1.38 and customers had all gone home.
Ironically, at the time of the discount, Progressive Conservative leader was inside the John D Bradley Centre, across the street from the Pioneer, promising to cut provincial taxes on gas by 10 cents per litre.