Circle K is offering a gas discount of 40 cents per gallon on Thursday, September 1 to mark Circle K Fuel Day.
The sale, available at more than 3,600 locations that sell Circle K-branded fuel, is happening just before the Labor Day weekend to allow customers to fill up their tanks in time for travel plans.
The discount is only available at locations that sell Circle K gas. About half of Circle K̵[ads1]7;s convenience stores nationwide sell its brand of fuel, including more than 40 locations in Phoenix alone.
How to get the Circle K gas deal
The savings of 40 cents per gallon are offered for a three-hour period from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM local time on Thursday. Everyone who queues for petrol before 19.00 gets the discount.
The price at the pump will reflect the discount, according to Circle K.
Customers enrolled in Circle K’s Easy Pay program can save an additional 10 cents per gallon during fuel sales by using their Easy Pay card, said Madeline Black, a spokeswoman for the company.
Customers can find the nearest locations near them by going to circlek.com/store-locator, searching for their location and selecting “Circle K Fuel Stores”.
Here’s what the scene was like at a couple of Phoenix Circle K gas stations as the discount became available.
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Long lines to get into the 2402 E. McDowell Road location stopped traffic in the right lane as people made their way inside. But no lines formed behind drivers at the pumps due to Circle K workers directing traffic in and out of the lot and directing drivers to the pumps as they opened.
On trips to several Phoenix Circle K locations during the sale, it was clear few were using the fuel savings toward Labor Day trips. The majority of the cars that stopped at the stations for the campaign had Arizona license plates.
Don Lasswell, a local Lyft driver, stopped to fill up his Toyota Prius. He said saving money on fuel is a big help to him because it cuts down on the cost of getting around to pick up and drop off riders.
“I didn’t even know about (the promotion), I was here because it said $3.59 on GasBuddy,” he said.
Circle K at 2402 E. McDowell Road, just a few miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, advertised one of the lowest prices per gallon in the Valley: $3.19. It was busy enough that someone was directing traffic in and out of the parking lot.
Circle K employees handed out 20-cent fuel discount cards to customers who entered. The cards are valid from 2.-30. September.
A regional distribution manager at Circle K said they were not authorized to comment to the media about the promotion.
Although the national campaign announced that promotional fuel prices would be available from 4 to 7 p.m., some stations started a few minutes early, like the one at 975 N. Seventh St. just off the downtown Phoenix exit to Interstate 10. The station advertised regular unleaded gas at $3.33 a gallon.
At 3.45pm, three of the station’s 10 pumps were completely empty of fuel. Another three still had regular unleaded but were out of diesel.
Fletcher Anderson recently moved to Tempe from Minnesota to attend classes at Arizona State University. He said prices were around $4 in Minnesota when he left, so it was “a relief” to see the lower prices Thursday. “I saw it was $3.30, a lot cheaper than what it used to be, so I went right in,” he said.
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