Some motorists in this Rio Grande Valley city must have thought they were dreaming. Gas prices were down to $1.98 Wednesday.
They can thank a little gas war.
When an H-E-B grocery store in Harlingen lowered its prices to $1.99 a gallon, a nearby Stripes convenience store went a penny lower and people liked what they saw with prices about half what they were at one point this summer.
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Stripes store manager Jose Bazan said his Wednesday began to look like a Friday after he lowered the prices.
"A lot of people come and they fill their tanks and they buy some snacks," he said. "We got to compete with H-E-B."
Customer Christina Machado was among the happy customers.
"It's a big relief. I can't remember the last time it was under $2," Machado said in a story for Wednesday's online edition of the Valley Morning Star.
An H-E-B gas station manager would not comment about the gas prices.