Gas War Sends Prices Below $2 In Texas City

Harlingen H-E-B, convenience store in price battle

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.

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.

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