DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Two competing grocery stores have been creating traffic jams with an old fashioned gas war -- and old fashioned prices, as low as a dime a gallon.
Kroger, the nation's largest grocery chain, opened a new store Thursday about a quarter mile from a Meijer's store. Both stores, as part of a growing trend toward one-stop shopping, have gas pumps outside.
The price war began heating up within a few hours of the Kroger store's opening. As soon as one station dropped its price, the other countered with a lower price.
By 3 p.m., the price was 42 cents a gallon. By evening, gas was going for 10 cents a gallon.
Brenda Bauer, manager of the Meijer station, estimated that more than 1,000 people bought the cheap fuel at the station.
On Friday morning, the price of gasoline at the Meijer was back up to $1.12 a gallon. But by noon, it was down to 71 cents a gallon, and it fell to 51 cents by early evening.
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