Washington D.C. – Auto fuel has always been the economic poster-child of price transparency, efficient markets, and easy menu-changing. But any gas station owner will tell you that there’s still some money to be made at the pump. Yet given the razor thin margins on fuel, the game has, of course, moved away from the pump and into the store.
This shift has profoundly changed the make-up of where the gas game is played – very few pure refueling stations exist anymore and new entrants are looking to use zero-margin fuel as a traffic driver: grocer Stop & Shop recently announced that it will be ramping up their fuel service offering, opening their first location in Quincy, MA. (more…)