Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For years, ever-rising high gasoline prices have put a stranglehold on your wallet. But Monday afternoon, Tucsonans on the westside got a welcome surprise. They saw a number they hadn't seen in a long long time.
"Psychologically, people look," said Mike Mannenga, gas station owner.
Many Tucsonans were forced to do a double-take because they couldn't believe what the sign said.
"$2.99 is real cheap," said one man.
In fact, that price is the cheapest it's been in Tucson in more than four years.
"It's been a while," said Mary Armstrong.
People can't remember the last time they paid less than three dollars a gallon.
"As an owner, I wasn't even sure we'd go under three dollars again," said Mannenga. "It's nice to see we're finally here."
The six-cent price drop made this westside Arco station a popular pumping pit stop. Car, after car, after car rolled in to fill up.
"If you drive like seven days a week like me, it does make a huge difference," said one man.
"Every penny helps," Armstrong said.
And the gas business is like playing dominoes, which is great news for the consumer. Once one drops the price, others won't want to be left behind.
"Us going down to $2.99, I know our competitors will definitely do it," Mannenga said.
The question now is -- how low will it go? And how long will it last?
"I was hoping that they would go down," Armstrong said. "It's a pleasant surprise, hopefully it will continue, but who knows?"
By Monday night, two more Arcos, located at Oracle and Glenn and Orange Grove at Thornydale had dropped to $2.99. Experts say prices should remain in that range at least through the holiday season.
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