TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - In the past couple of weeks, KOLD News 13 has been receiving calls and messages from many Tucson residents who are raising concern about the possibility of fuel shortages at gas stations.
Residents have said various Fry’s Fuel Centers were out of gas when they stopped at the pump; and today, we learned of two Circle K gas stations that confirmed were running on empty. These are located at 4201 E. Grant Rd. & 10 W. Fort Lowell Rd in Acacia Square.
The Circle K at 1401 W. Grant Rd. also confirmed to have been out of fuel Friday and Sunday.
KOLD News 13 has reached out to the Director of Fuels for Circle K and received the following response:
“Circle K is experiencing fuel outages at some of its Arizona locations primarily due to refinery supply issues caused by the recent historic storm in Texas as well as limited replacement supply issues in California. The situation has been complicated by the specialized fuel blend required by the majority of its Arizona sites. “Everyone on our team in Arizona and Circle K’s global fuel department is working hard to correct the situation,” said Tim Tourek, VP of Operations Grand Canyon Business Unit. “Supply continues to be a challenge and we are working hard to be at full capacity soon. We greatly appreciate the patience of our customers and promise to return to business as usual as soon as possible.”
And according to recent information provided by gasbuddy.com, an online tool on fluctuating fuel prices, Tucson and Arizona have seen a substantial increase in price per gallon since mid-February.
From Feb 15 to March 6, the average retail price for gas increased from about $2.40 per gallon in Tucson to $2.99 per gallon.
The average increase for the state went up to about $2.95 per gallon from just below an average of $2.32 per gallon, putting Tucson’s gas prices above the state average.