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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Parker's convenience stores are offering drivers some relief at the pump, but they must use the company's debit card to get it.
Up until now, five of the company's stores offered a discount of 15 cents per gallon on gas to drivers who used their Parker's debit card; the remaining 19 offered a 10-cent break. However, the company has bumped up the discount at those 19 stores in the Savannah area, bringing the discount to 15 cents, according to Savannahnow.com.
Just one store, the Parker's in Statesboro, is not offering the 15-cent-per-gallon discount for using the Parker's PumpPal card. That store is partially owned by someone else, the news outlet reported.
The increased discount comes as a 3-cent-per-gallon tax is set to go into effect on May 1. According to the news report, chain owner Gary Parker was reading an article in the Savannah Morning News about the impending gas tax increase and decided to up the discount across the board.
"The economy is so very, very difficult for so many people," he said. "We can afford to do this. Let's do this."
Parker added that he doesn’t know how long the discount will be active across the chain because he is losing money; however, he will keep it in place as long has he can.
Parker's began offering a 10-cent-per-gallon discount earlier this year after the retailer introduced its debit cards, as CSNews Online previously reported. However, a discount war was soon launched when nearby Flash stores introduced a 15-cent-per-gallon discount, up from the typical 5 cents for using a Flash debit card. In turn, Parkers raised its discount to 15 cents at the five locations with a nearby Flash store.
Enmark also joined the discount arena by increasing its discount for using a cash card to buy gas from 3 cents per gallon to 10 cents per gallon.