Customers line up at Buxton gas station for $4.19 the price a gallon

You’ve probably noticed that gas prices are dropping quite a bit in Maine. According to AAA, the average regular gas price in Maine is now $4.91 per gallon. Falling prices trigger a kind of “price war”. Off the beaten track, according to GasBuddy.com, you’ll find the lowest gas price at Panda Market on Parker Farm Road in Buxton. Customers line up to pay $4.19 a gallon. The Panda Market is a gas station, but it is also a market where Chinese food and products are sold. “I’m happy,” said May Hang, owner of Panda Market. Hang and her husband, who opened the market three years ago, are smiling all the way to the bank. Price wars are a marketing tactic to attract customers who refuel outside and then buy food and other items inside. The Hangs don’t care that their gasoline profit margin is slim. They only make about 15 cents a gallon, they said. “We got the price down and got more business,” Hang said. “You see a lot of customers coming here and they’re spending money on it.” The Hangs said the price war is good for customers, and good for them too. Residents of Buxton said they weren’t too happy with the secrecy that got out. “We had a deal here in Buxton. We all knew it and then someone put it on Facebook and that was it,” said Rudy Poitras who lives in town. “Now we have the crowd, and we have to wait,” he said. They wait in the long queues that have formed. Jerry Hunter might just be the one who let the cat out of the bag. “I’m selling my house now and I posted a thing yesterday on Facebook about the house – I said when you’re done looking at the house come here for Chinese food and $4.19 gas,” Hunter said as he filled up his tank and ordered a bag of Chinese food to take home. A few days ago, Panda Market ran out of gas. This may be the reason why large gas rigs are often here to fill underground tanks. A New Hampshire driver spotted the sign – and the price – and nearly drove off the road. “You can’t resist it. You gotta get every drop you can at this price,” said Dan Duncanson, of Greenville, New Hampshire. The Hangs had to replace their gas pumps last year. The old ones are tucked away in the corner of the parking lot. The price of gas at the time was $2.29 a gallon.

You’ve probably noticed that gas prices are dropping quite a bit in Maine. According to AAA, the average regular gas price in Maine is now $4.91 per gallon.

The fall in prices triggers a kind of “price war”. Off the beaten track, according to GasBuddy.com, you’ll find the lowest petrol prices at Panda Market on Parker Farm Road in Buxton.

Customers line up to pay $4.19 a gallon. The Panda Market is a gas station, but it is also a market selling Chinese food and products.

“I’m happy,” said May Hang, owner of Panda Market.

Hang and her husband, who opened the market three years ago, smile all the way to the bank. Price wars are a marketing tactic to attract customers who refuel outside and then buy food and other items inside. The Hangs don’t care that their gasoline profit margin is slim. They only make about 15 cents a gallon, they said.

“We got the price down and got more business,” Hang said. “You see a lot of customers coming here and they’re spending money on it.”

The Hangs said the price war is good for customers, and good for them too.

Residents of Buxton said they weren’t too happy the secret was out.

“We had a deal here in Buxton. We all knew it and then someone put it on Facebook and that was it,” said Rudy Poitras, who lives in town. “Now we have the crowd, and we have to wait,” he said.

They wait in the long lines that have formed.

Jerry Hunter might just be the one who let the cat out of the bag.

“I’m selling my house now and I posted a thing yesterday on Facebook about the house – I said when you’re done looking at the house come here for Chinese food and $4.19 gas,” Hunter said as he filled up his tank and ordered a bag of Chinese food to take home.

A few days ago, the Panda Market ran out of gas. This may be the reason why large gas platforms are often here to fill underground reservoirs.

A New Hampshire driver spotted the sign – and the price – and nearly ran off the road.

“You can’t resist it. You have to get every drop you can at this price,” said Dan Duncanson, of Greenville, New Hampshire.

The Hangs had to replace their gas pumps last year. The old ones are tucked away in the corner of the parking lot. The price of gas at the time was $2.29 per gallon.

Bonny J. Streater