Upstate gas station sues competitor over low prices - - Columbia, South Carolina

Upstate gas station sues competitor over low prices

(Greenville-AP) April 25, 2006 - An Upstate gas station has sued saying that a competitor's lower per gallon prices at the pump have caused them to lose profits.

Pantry Incorporated owns a gas station in Gaffney. It sued in Cherokee County, alleging that Petro Express had kept prices at two of its Gaffney stations below cost.

With gas prices approaching $3 a gallon in South Carolina, it would seem Pantry's complaint would not get a lot of support outside a courtroom.

But Pantry's suit says its competitor violated South Carolina's Unfair Trade Practices Act. Under the law, motor fuel retailers can't set prices below cost if the purpose is impair competitors.

Pantry says it has lost $160,000. A judge is expected to hear the motion on July 31st.

Posted 9:27pm by Chantelle Janelle

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