The new remodel wasn't the only treat for patrons of this Escondido gas station
  • The new remodel wasn't the only treat for patrons of this Escondido gas station
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An Escondido gas station’s price drop yesterday (January 28) means San Diego motorists can join the rest of the country in buying gas under two dollars a gallon.

On January 28, at 7:00 p.m., the APEX station at 1602 East Valley Parkway in Escondido became the first station in Southern California to lower its price to $1.99 a gallon. The last time San Diegans saw gas under two dollars was in January 2009.

The gas-price-reporting website gasbuddy.com reported the next lowest price in San Diego County was a 7-Eleven on Otay Mesa Road in the South Bay, 36 cents a gallon higher.

The owner of APEX LLC, Gregory Cunningham, said from his Orange County office that this is not a promotional price. “The wholesale gas market is dropping quickly,” he said.

Having been closed for weeks for a remodel, the final testing on the new gas pumps was done throughout the day. “As soon as the fence came down, the cars started pulling in,” said the station’s general manager, Brian Cunningham.

By 6:00 a.m. on January 29, after the Escondido station’s $1.99 price was posted on gasbuddy.com, a San Bernardino County station, Anthem Oil in Ontario, matched it.

“It will be interesting to see what our competitors will do today,” said APEX’s Gregory Cunningham.

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Visduh Jan. 29, 2016 @ 5:50 p.m.

Ken, that sign appears to be a converted Texaco display. I'm trying to think of which of the many broken-down gasoline retailers on that street this one is. I'd love to find an accessible low-priced gas station, but if it means going out on E Valley Pkwy, well, I'll have to stick to those along Centre City Parkway.

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Visduh Jan. 30, 2016 @ 9:06 p.m.

Out of curiosity and having a nearly-empty tank, I headed out E. Vally Pkwy this afternoon, in search of "Two Buck" motion lotion. I found that station and it had no customers. The reason was that it had plastic bags over all its gasoline nozzles, indicating nothing to sell. I didn't see that on the diesel pumps. Oh yes, that price of $1.999 was posted, but it really meant nothing. Having a nice low price but no product to sell means that the seller is just showing a low-ball price to maintain a seller's desire to secure business.

As I posted above, that price isn't enough to entice me to drive those extra miles out to eastern 'Dido to save a buck or two.

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Ken Harrison Jan. 31, 2016 @ 5:22 a.m.

Something must have happened to the new pumps. they were having trouble with testing all day Thursday prior to re-opening at 7:00 p.m.

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Visduh Jan. 31, 2016 @ 7:09 a.m.

Or maybe it sold out of all the gasoline it had, and was waiting for a delivery. At those prices, I'd venture to say the inventory went very quickly.

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