In an effort to give drivers a little bit of relief heading into the July 4 holiday period, Sheetz has temporarily reduced the price of Unleaded 88 and E85 gasoline at 349 of its convenience stores across its geographic footprint.
The company announced Monday afternoon that it had reduced the prices to help lower “pain at the pump” for consumers.
Unleaded 88 was reduced to $3.99 per gallon, and the price of E85 to $3.49 per gallon. By comparison, the price of Unleaded 87 remained at $4.99 per gallon Monday afternoon.
The pricing is temporary, the company said, and will be available through the July 4 holiday period.
Unleaded 88 is approved by the EPA for use in vehicles for model years 2001 or newer as well as light-duty trucks, SUVs and Flex Fuel Vehicles.
The E85 gasoline, according to Sheetz, contains more ethanol (51%-83%) and is not compatible with all vehicles. It is designed specifically for “flexible fuel vehicles” or FFVs. FFVs can use regular gasoline (E10), E15, or E85.
“When available, E85 is clearly designated as a different fuel type and should not be used in standard vehicles. Check your owner’s manual to see if your car is able to run with E85,” a press release announcing the reduced pricing stated.
According to Gas Buddy, the national average price of gasoline in the Reading area fell 7.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.92 per gallon on Monday.
Sheetz operates 650 store locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. The temporary reduced prices are available at 349 stores. Sheetz does not have locations in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.