Shell Station Gas Prices in Background
© Chronicle/Liz Mangelsdorf

The Shell gas station a block from our place has always had pretty high gas prices, but lately it’s gone out of control with premium grade gas going for $4.50 per gallon. The Chronicle ran this story today about the owner, who is purposely jacking up his prices in protest of business practices that are unfair to small operators.

The owner has operated the gas station at Sixth and Harrison for 22 years, but he’s walking away from it at the end of the month, handing over the keys to Shell officials and expecting them to shut it down. Shell has already told him that they plan to fence the property and bulldoze the station.

Little guys getting pushed out of the market will only mean higher gas prices for everyone when all of the independent gas station operators are gone. Especially in a high demand, high real estate value locale like San Francisco. I am sad to see this guy go, even though I always fill up at the Chevron across the street.

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