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    Fred Meyer Adds Gas to Beaverton, Ore. Store

    Labor Day grand opening gave relief to price-weary motorists.

    BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Motorists had a big chance to escape $2 per gallon gasoline prices over the weekend by stopping at the new Fred Meyer Fuel Stop in Beaverton, Ore. Fred Meyer now has 30 FM Fuel Stops at stores in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho.

    The station, which opened Friday, offered a 10 cents per gallon discounts over the Labor Day weekend during a grand opening, reports the Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus. Customers who also held an FM Fuel Stop & Save card saved an additional three cents per gallon.

    As of Tuesday, the discounting was over, but, said Bob Heenk, store director, the fuel stop will keep its prices "competitive with the lowest prices in the market." He also noted that Fred Meyer buys its fuel from major refineries and sells quality gasoline.

    Like all of the Fred Meyer fuel stops in Oregon, the station provides full service and is staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. The fuel stop has five pumps with 10 fueling stations.

    "While many customers may stop for gas and keep going, our experience shows that many of them like to combine their gas trips with shopping at the Fred Meyer store next door," said Heenk.

    In the Portland area, gasoline prices over the weekend ranged from $1.88 to $2.05 per gallon for regular gas, $2.10 to $2.25 for supreme. High wholesale prices and a shortage of refinery reserves have been blamed for the soaring prices.

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