Buc-ee’s’s First Out-of-State Location Sued for Selling Gas Too Cheap

BUC-EE’S’S FIRST OUT-OF-STATE LOCATION SUED FOR SELLING GAS TOO CHEAP Well, that was fast. Two weeks after opening, Buc-ee’s first out-of-state location in Robertsdale, Alabama has become the target of a federal lawsuit brought by a rival travel center chain that claims the newcomer has been violating the Alabama Motor Fuel Marketing Act, reports John Sharp of Al.com. The 35-year-old law prohibits gas stations from selling fuel for less than it costs to buy and transport it to a retailer. Between the store’s grand opening on January 21 and the end of the month, its regular gas prices have fluctuated between $1.80 and $1.87 per gallon, according to the plaintiff, Oasis Travel Center (whose location 4 miles east of the Buc-ee’s on I-10 features something it calls the Derailed Diner, a Southern-style restaurant built to look like a train car that crashed into the rest of the building). According to AAA, the average price of gas in the area has stayed much closer to $2 flat since Buc-ee’s arrived. [Al.com; previously on Swamplot]

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