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Are Gas Prices Higher in North Reading?

Here’s a comparison of what North Reading stations charge compared to neighboring communities.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.
A common complaint in North Reading is – the gas is too expensive.

This has been a topic that readers have written about on Patch and even the Board of Selectmen discussed at a meeting.

Residents say they travel to other towns to buy gas because North Reading’s is just too expensive. North Reading Patch readers on Facebook said they time their trips so they don’t have to get gas in North Reading.

They have a point.

A review of the gasbuddy.com website that regularly updates gas prices at stations found that North Reading stations are charging more than other stations. In fact, all North Reading stations on the site are at least 8 cents higher than the average gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gas, which is $3.37 per gallon in Massachusetts, according to AAA.

AAA said gas prices dropped three cents in Massachusetts since last week and decreased nine cents since a month ago. AAA said the range of gas prices in its weekly gas survey was between $3.23 to $3.59.

How does North Reading compare? Here the prices for North Reading and other nearby towns as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Gas Buddy:

North Reading – $3.45 to $3.65

Wilmington – $3.28 to $3.89 (all but one of Wilmington’s stations were between $3.28 and $3.33)

Reading – $3.29 to $3.49

Andover – $3.39 to $3.53

Lynnfield – $3.35 to $3.49

Do you think North Reading gas stations charge too much? Do you buy your gas outside of North Reading? Let us know in the comments section below.

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davidwoneil January 29, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Independently one or two may be higher but for every single one to be substantially more indicates collusion. What are our elected officials doing to right this wrong?
Scott January 29, 2014 at 07:28 AM
It because we pay higher taxes for real estate it pass on to consumers
Jack Collins January 29, 2014 at 08:10 AM
I absolutely get my gas out of town. I've recently signed up for Cumberland Farms Smart Pay. With stations in Reading and Wilmington you get another $0.10 off the low price of $3.29. Competition is a good thing.
Shauna Wagner January 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM
I don't think the price difference is related to real estate tax. Andover and North Andover both have commercial tax rates over $20, yet gas prices are lower. I remember when this came up a few years ago Hess argued that it based its prices on nearby competitors; not taking into acount that its own station charges $.20 less per gallon less in Wilmington. The stations charge the highest price they can get, and it seems the only way to change their pricing is for consumers to buy their fuel elsewhere.

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