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    Speedway SuperAmerica Ditches Discounts

    State law forced the chain to abandon offering fuel coupons.

    FLINT, Mich.-- At midnight on New Year's Eve, Speedway SuperAmerica, the convenience chain subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corp., stopped offering fuel discount coupons, local television station ABC12 News reported.

    A representative from a local Speedway location told the station the chain will no longer offer fuel discount redemptions in the form of coupons or receipts, as they violate a state law mandated by the Weights and Measures Department, the report stated.

    Speedway SuperAmerica spokeswoman Linda Casey confirmed this, and told CSNews Online via e-mail: "We were recently made aware that it is a violation of Michigan State Law (Weights & Measure) to offer 'cents off per gallon' discount coupons for gasoline purchases, because the discounted price is not indicated on the pump.

    "As a result, Speedway SuperAmerica immediately discontinued issuing the discount coupons for fuel. We apologize to our customers for canceling this part of the Speedy Rewards program, but hope they understand that compliance with state law must be our priority in this matter,” she said, adding that the Rewards program has not been discontinued, and that customers may use rewards points for other Speedway items such as beverages or sandwiches.

    She continued: "We reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, allowing us to honor any discount coupon that had been issued to customers before Jan. 1, 2008. These will be honored until they reach their expiration date on or before Jan. 15."
    However, customers will still be able to get discounts on gas using its Chase co-branded Speedway SuperAmerica MasterCard, according to Casey.

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