Circle K is offering a gas discount of 40 cents a gallon on Thursday, September 1, to mark Circle K Fuel Day.
The sale, available at more than 3,600 locations that sell Circle K-branded fuel, takes place before the Labor Day weekend to allow customers to fill their tanks in time for their travel plans.
The discount is only available at locations that sell Circle K brand gas. About half of Circle K stores nationwide sell their brand of gas, including over 40 locations in Phoenix alone.
How to get a Circle K gas deal.
40 cents a gallon is provided for three hours from 4-7 p.m. local time on Thursday. Anyone standing in line to get gas before 7pm will receive the discount.
The pump price will reflect the discount, according to Circle K.
Madeleine Black, a company spokeswoman, said customers enrolled in Circle K’s Easy Pay program can save an extra 10 cents per gallon while selling fuel with their Easy Pay card.
Customers can find the nearest locations near them by going to Circlek.com/store-locatorsearch their locations and select “Circle K Fuel Stores”.
Here’s what the scene was like at two Phoenix Circle K subway gas stations when the discount became available.
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Long queues to get to 2402 E. McDowell Road brought traffic to a halt on the far right as people were making their way. But no rows formed behind the drivers at the pumps because Circle K workers routed traffic in and out of the workplace and drivers drove the pumps when they opened.
On trips to many of the Phoenix Circle K locations during the sale, it was clear that few were using the fuel savings for Labor Day travel. The majority of the cars that stopped at the promotional stops had Arizona license plates.
Don Lasswell, a local Lyft driver, stopped to refuel a Toyota Prius. He said that saving money on fuel is a big help to him as it reduces the cost of commuting to pick up and drop off passengers.
“I didn’t even know about (the upgrade), I was here because he said $3.59 on GasBuddy,” he said.
The Circle K at 2402 E. McDowell Road, a few miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, advertised one of the lowest prices per gallon in the valley: $3.19. It was busy enough that someone directed traffic in and out of the parking lot.
Circle K employees distributed 20 cent fuel discount cards to customers who attended. Cards are valid from 2 to 30 September.
Circle K’s regional distribution manager said he was not allowed to comment to the media about the promotion.
Although a national promotion announced that promotional fuel prices would be available from 4-7 p.m., some stations started a few minutes earlier, such as the one at 975 N. Seventh St. Unleaded gasoline at $3.33 per gallon.
By 3:45 p.m., three of the station’s 10 pumps ran out of fuel completely. Three others still regularly kept it unleaded but ran out of diesel fuel.
Fletcher Anderson recently moved to Tempe from Minnesota to attend classes at Arizona State University. He said the prices were about $4 in Minnesota when he left, so it was “relaxing” to see the prices drop on Thursday. “I saw it was $3.30, which is a lot cheaper than it used to be, so I went straight in,” he said.
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