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High Gas Prices Hitting Businesses Where It Hurts

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

August 16, 2005

High gas prices have not only affected drivers, but also businesses and consumers of their products.

It's a scene that drivers are getting all too familiar with. The rise of high gas prices is hitting every driver in their wallets. Especially those whose jobs require them to drive every day.

"Now that the prices are increasing, it's definitely a lot harder for drivers to make ends meet," said Domino's Delivery Person Cheryl Jones.

Jones relies on the tips from delivering pizzas to even out the driving costs. She only makes about 75 cents per delivery, and that's supposed to help with the $22 it takes to fill up her car.

"With people feeling the prices, they're not tipping as well, so they're pinching their money as well as we're pinching ours," she explained.

Major chains are feeling the high price of gas, as well as locally-owned stores.

"We've definitely been seeing an increase in our weekly gasoline bills for our delivery vehicles," said Lisa McEwan, owner of Hot Cakes.

Hot Cakes is a locally owned caterer and restaurant. They too have been trying to deal with the rising cost of gas and fuel surcharges from their supplier.

"I know that we're working on one event that's going to be out just over the West Virginia line," explained McEwan. "So, I think on those long haul trips we probably will have to raise our delivery cost."

Until prices start moving down instead of up, prices at the pump may continue to trickle down to other products and services you buy.

Many locally-owned businesses say they're trying to remain optimistic about the price of gas going down when the summer traveling season is finally over.


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