It took a little more than a day for the River Road Shell Food Mart to sell all of its 9,000 gallons of gas on Saturday.
That was about the same amount of time it took for the store at 4500 River Road to go through that many gallons on Thursday — the first time Larry Force has seen the gas station sell out of regular in his 2 1/2 years at the store.
"We've got diesel," Force said Sunday. "That's all we have right now."
When a gallon of petrol was just $3.79 on Wednesday, motorists went through it in a day. When the station got its latest shipment in on Friday, the price had risen to $3.99.
Force said that was still around 30 cents cheaper than many places in town.
"Some people were at $4.29," the employee said. "If you can find it for 30 cents cheaper, you'll take it."
The reason isn't necessarily Hurricane Ike, Force said. Instead, he sees his station's service area of River Road up to Green Island Hills and the marina as helping business. Many fill up their boats at his station.
And long lines didn't seem to dissuade them. Force said there was a line of vehicles Saturday extending down River Road and onto Manchester Expressway, all waiting to fill up.
The Shell station is expected to have more gas for sale by today.